Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its impressive lightweight roster, recently confirming the addition of undefeated submission finisher Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard and Judo Olympian Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder (pictured standing over Pono Pananganan) to the upcoming Season 4 Tournament, which airs LIVE on MTV2 starting in March. This comes hot on the heels of the company officially announcing all of their featherweight competitors and the brackets for their welterweight tournament. The winner receives a chance to compete for a $100,000 payday and a title shot against current Bellator World Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.
Following a promising wrestling career in high school, “Cupcake” began to frequent a local boxing gym before ultimately settling on what he considers to be his destiny, mixed martial arts. Making his way to the professional circuit with thirteen victories as an amateur, Woodard has put together an unblemished record of 10-0 with 8 finishes to his credit, including six in the first round.
“Hurricane” brings an solid 18-5-1 professional record into the tournament and is riding a five-fight win-streak. Currently training out of King’s MMA in Huntington Beach, California alongside Mark Munoz, Fabricio Werdum and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Keder has notched impressive finishes in 15 of his 18 victories as a professional. Although Kheder is now a 24-fight MMA veteran, Judo is where he excelled early in life. Getting his start in Judo at just 4-years-old, Kheder’s Judo accolades include a black belt, five European Judo Championships, seven Judo World Cup medals, and most impressively an appearance at the 2000 Olympics where he represented France.
Woodard joins “Razor” Rob McCullough, Carey Vanier, and Michael Chandler as confirmed participants in the upcoming Lightweight Tournament scheduled to air LIVE on MTV2.