Interview with Timothy "The Good Soldier" Woods (Part I)

October 20, 2009

MMAPayout recently had a chance to chat with Team Lloyd Irvin member Timothy “The Good Soldier” Woods (5-2), who is coming off an October 3 victory over Ryan Sturdy at the GMU Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

Reports are that UFC is planning an Ultimate Fight Night in early January in Fairfax, and the buzz is that UFC is considering bringing in the 185 lbs. knockout artist as a local attraction.

While not training, Timothy can usually be found at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring with his newborn son, Julian, who was born prematurely, weighing just 2 pounds 5 ounces.  This interview occurred literally in the minutes between a training session and a visit to the hospital.

DW:  How is Julian?

TW:  He’s doing great.  He’s 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and still has fluid in his lungs, but once that’s stabilized he’ll be home.

DW:  He was born prematurely in the midst of your training for the Sturdy fight.  There were other family troubles as well, weren’t there?

TW:  Yes, my mother underwent heart surgery two weeks before the fight, and that was tough.

DW:  How is she doing?

TW:  She’s doing well, much better, it’s a good thing.

DW:  I can’t imagine the level of mental toughness required to keep training for a professional fight throughout your ordeal.  How’d you manage?

TW:  Master Lloyd’s guidance.  He puts good ideas in your head, and there’s a great team supporting you.  It was tough, but I got through with a lot of praying.

DW:  You used to be known as “Reshad” Woods, but have reverted back to your birth name, Timothy.  Why?

TW:  Its biblical meaning.  It’s also my real first name and I made a promise to my mother that I would use it.

DW:  You have a tremendous backstory, Timothy, even in a world where stranger than fiction backstories are the norm.  You spent time as a teenager in a maximum security prison.  What brought you there?

TW:  Bad decisions, being a follower as a teen.  I was with the wrong people and drove a car with people who had committed an armed robbery.  I was a follower, not a leader, and a product of my environment.  I made bad decisions.


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