Bellator Fighting Championships has named Lloyd Woodard as the fourth fighter competing this season in the promotion’s lightweight tournament. The Montana native will join Carey Vanier, Michael Chandler, and “Razor” Rob McCullough among the group hoping to secure a $100,000 payday and crack at Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez’s title with a series of wins in Season 4.
“I’m ready to go out there and do what I love to do, which is fight hard and fight the best guys that are out there,” said Woodard of his addition. “I’m a really big fan of Alvarez and I would love to fight him. That would be a real step up. It would be like fighting my idol, so I plan on winning this tournament so I can fight him.”
Nicknamed “Cupcake”, Woodard has compiled a 10-0 record since turning pro two years ago including a 2009 win over respected veteran Ryan Healy. Six of his wins have come by way of submission with two TKOs to his credit as well.
However, though the 26-year old has yet to taste defeat and shown a great deal of promise thus far in his career, Woodard has no illusions about the test in front of him.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight in the first round of this tournament,” Woodard explained. “I’m pretty sure they’re going to be a really tough fighter, so that’s what I’m preparing for. I just can’t wait to get in that cage and show people what I can do. Every time I fight, more and more people are able to see me in exciting fights. The more I fight, the more people will see me, and the longer I’ll be able to compete in this sport.”
The new season starts March 5 with Bellator 35 and will be broadcast live on MTV2. The opener is currently set to feature the quarterfinal round of the scheduled welterweight tournament with Lyman Good, Jay Hieron, Dan Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, Chris Lozano, “Judo” Jim Wallhead, and Steve Carl all in action.
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