Lloyd Woodard has been a part of two Bellator tournaments, but seems to have trouble getting past the semifinals. His most recent defeat against Rick Hawn, who Woodard says was his toughest opponent, was due to him not taking the tournament winner serious enough.
Woodard thought his quarterfinal win over Patricky Freire would be the hardest part in the last tournament, but he now knows that he was wrong.
“I thought Patricky was the toughest fight in the tournament,” said Woodard to MMA Mania. “I felt I had a pretty big head, probably too big for my body. I had a moment and when I went in there against Rick Hawn, I got frustrated and went after him with my hands down and paid the price.”
Woodard was able to submit Freire in the second round at Bellator 62. His loss to Hawn lasted 10 seconds into round two as he was planted with a right hand. That defeat was his second under the Bellator name, with the first being to current lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Tonight, at Bellator 87, Woodward meets David Rickels in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The main card airs on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET from the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI.