Lloyd Woodard Channeling ‘Wild Animal’ Ahead of Bellator 66 Showdown with Rick Hawn


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Lloyd Woodard’s MMA philosophy is not a complicated one.

“A mountain-man beat down is when you beat the s--t out of somebody,” Woodard recently told Sherdog.com of his intentions inside the cage. “You go out there super aggressive, like a wild animal, and you can't control a wild animal. If you put a wild tiger in the cage, it's going to try to break the bars and s--t and try to get out. That's how I feel every time I get out there.”

The Missoula, Mont., native will have the chance to show MMA fans exactly what he means tonight when he squares off with Rick Hawn in the lightweight tournament semifinals at Bellator 66. Taking place at the I-X Center in Cleveland, the evening’s main draw airs on MTV2 and Epix at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“If Rick Hawn wants to point spar a wild animal then he is going to get f---ing hurt,” Woodard said of his impending clash with the former Olympic judoka. “I'm not scared of Rick Hawn. I'm not scared of any man. I'm planning on going out there and cracking his head. I'm coming straight forward at him. I'm not scared to get hit, and I think that's what makes me wild and so good at what I do.”

A former Season 4 welterweight tournament finalist, Hawn looked superb at 155 pounds in his sixth-season quarterfinal against Ricardo Tirloni, blasting the Brazilian with a hard right hand en route to a first-round knockout victory. Despite Hawn’s impressive lightweight debut, Woodard says the onetime Olympian is only one step on his path to a rematch with reigning Bellatorr champion Michael Chandler.

“The only thing in my mind right now is to go out there and beat up Rick Hawn and then beat up the next guy they put in front of me so I can get my rematch with Michael Chandler,” said Woodard. “I want to go out there and fight him again and set the record straight. I want to give him the hardest f---ing fight of his entire life.”

Chandler handed Woodard the only loss of his career in the Season 4 semis, taking a hard-fought unanimous decision to advance to the finals against Patricky Freire. Though Woodard managed to get the better of the future champion in the second frame of their three-round contest, Chandler’s wrestling ability and pressure ultimately proved too much for “Cupcake” to overcome.

“I wanted to get him off me so bad, and I was pushing it too. He just plain out worked me. That's the kind of thing that drives me,” said Woodard of his lone career defeat. “I fight with all my heart when I'm in that cage. A lot of my trainers get upset at me about it, but I think my heart is my strongest attribute. I fight with my heart more than I do with my head.”

Entering the Season 6 draw, Woodard was viewed by most as the underdog in his quarterfinal matchup with the aforementioned Freire. However, someone apparently forgot to tell that to Woodard, who shocked many by injuring Freire’s arm with a kimura to advance to the round of four.

“When I had a hold of Patricky ‘Pitbull's’ arm, I remember thinking, ‘Is this motherf---er going to make me twist his arm all the way around?’” Woodard recalled of the fight-ending submission. “At the same time, I also thought in my head, ‘Holy shit, my f---ing grandma is watching this right now.’ But the next thing that popped in my mind was that I wanted [to win], and I didn't care what I had to do to get to the next guy in this tournament.”

The “Pitbull” victory now behind him, Woodard has been open about his desire for a rematch with Chandler, leading some to conclude that the Dogpound Fight Team representative may be overlooking his current competition. Not so, says Woodard, who simply plans to defeat all those standing along his path to redemption against Chandler.

“I am a professional, but I know what I want, too. I'm not going to sit around and pretend that I don't want this title and I don't want to beat up Michael Chandler. I'm not looking past [Hawn], but Chandler is giving me my drive right now.” said Woodard. “I plan on fighting Hawn like I did the first two rounds with Patricky [Freire] for the entire fight. He better be f---ing ready.”

view original article >>

Related News

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

Bellator MMA is going all-in for its head-to-head showdown with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sept. 5. read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 76 views

Phil Baroni’s MMA career has been a wild ride, to say the least. This Friday, he’ll turn another chapter in his storied run as a professional fighter when he makes his debut for Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 20 views

Titan Fighting Championship is about to crown a featherweight champion. Headlined by a 170-pound title fight between Ben Saunders and Matt Riddle, Titan FC 29 will define the first featherweight to feature an upcoming 145-pound title bout. Titan FC president and CEO Jeff Aronson informed MMAFighting.com on Monday that Kurt Holobaugh will fight Lloyd Woodard on Aug. 22 in Fayetteville, N.C., in a title elimination bout. Holobaugh (12-2) won three straight since leaving the UFC in April of 2013, w read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

The next featherweight title challenger for Titan FC will be determined next month when Kurt Holobaugh meets Lloyd Woodard. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 21 views

As an MMA fighter, Frankie Edgar is used to dealing with misconceptions about who he is and what he does. But one about his upcoming fight with ex-champ B.J. Penn particularly irks him. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 4018 views

I blame the wild hogs. Former Bellator welterweight champion and current ONE FC headliner, Ben Askren, was in town over Fourth of July Weekend and made a stop by The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale, which took place on July 6, 2014, inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (results here). And that's about as close to the Octagon as "Funky" can get. That's because the "bald man" was uninterested in signing the talented mat rat, which is unfortunate, considering Askren -- a 2008 Oly read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 37 views

Phil Baroni discusses his Bellator debut against Karo Parisyan on July 25. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 36 views

Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will put his belt on the line against a familiar foe at Bellator 123.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 51 views

If you thought Bellator MMA was just going to roll over on Sept. 5, you better think again. Bellator MMA is not going down without a fight. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) scheduled its upcoming UFC Fight Night 50 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Conn., the same night Spike TV airs its Bellator 123 fight card at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville. And both promotions are bringing their A game for the Friday night face off. T read news >>