Nathaniel Wood (fighter)

Nathaniel Wood (born August 5, 1993) is an English mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2012, he formerly competed for Cage Warriors, where he was the Bantamweight Champion.

Nathaniel Wood
Nathaniel Wood at UFC 232.jpg
Nathaniel Wood at UFC 232 - wrapped in his country flag
Born (1993-08-05) August 5, 1993 (age 28)
Other namesThe Prospect
NationalityEnglish
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg)
DivisionBantamweight (2012-2022)
Featherweight (2022-)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Fighting out ofMorden, England
TeamNova Forca
Raptors Strike Force
Team Titan (2017–2019)[1][2]
Great Britain Top Team (2019–present)[3]
TrainerBrad Pickett
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total23
Wins18
By knockout9
By submission5
By decision4
Losses5
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Growing up playing football, Wood followed his father to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practise at the age of 16.[4] He attended college for carpentry for a spell, but dropped out in order to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.[4]

Professional mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Wood made his professional debut against James Humphries at Fusion Fighting Championship: Breakthrough on February 18, 2012. He won the fight by a second-round technical knockout. He went on to amass a 9–3 record, before signing with Cage Warriors.[5]

Cage Warriors Bantamweight championEdit

 
Nathaniel Wood won the Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship

Wood was scheduled to make his Cage Warriors debut against Vaughan Lee at CWFC 82 on April 1, 2017. They were originally scheduled to meet at CWFC 80, before the fight was postponed due to an anomaly found on Wood's brain in a pre-fight scan.[6] Wood staggered Lee near the beginning of the second round, and pursued him for the remainder of the fight, knocking him out with a right straight at the 4:22 minute mark.[7]

Following his dominant victory against Lee, Wood was scheduled to fight Marko Kovacevic for the vacant Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship at CWFC 84 on June 2, 2017.[8] Wood won the fight by a first-round technical knockout, after weathering some early counter right hands by Kovacic.[9]

Wood was scheduled to make his first title defense against Josh Reed at CWFC 86 on September 17, 2017.[10] Reed dominated the champion for the duration of the short-lived bout, surging forward with power shots and managing to drop Wood with a combination of punches. Wood however managed to stagger back to his feet and counter the onrushing Reed with a counter left, winning the fight by a first-round knockout.[11]

Wood made his second and final title defense against Luca Iovine at CWFC 92 on March 24, 2018.[12] Wood made quick work of the challenger, knocking him out with a left hook after just 50 seconds.[13]

It was announced on April 5, 2018, that Wood had signed with the UFC.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Wood made his promotional debut against Johnny Eduardo on 1 June 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes. He won the fight via submission in Round 2,[15] for which he was awarded with a Performance of the Night bonus.[16]

Wood was originally scheduled to face Tom Duquesnoy on 29 December 2018 at UFC 232.[17] However, Dusquenoy pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by Andre Ewell.[18] He won the bout via submission in the third round.[19]

Wood faced José Alberto Quiñónez on 16 March 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal.[20] He won the fight via a submission in round two.[21]

Wood faced John Dodson on 15 February 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2.[22] He lost the fight via TKO in round three.[23]

Wood was scheduled to face Umar Nurmagomedov on 26 July 2020 at UFC on ESPN 14.[24] However, Nurmagomedov withdrew from the bout due to his uncle Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov's passing [25] He was replaced by promotional newcomer John Castañeda.[26] Wood won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Wood faced Casey Kenney on 24 October 2020 at UFC 254.[28] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.[29] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[30]

Wood was scheduled to face Jonathan Martinez on 4 September 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[31] However, Wood was removed from the bout in mid-August for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Marcelo Rojo.[32]

Wood was scheduled to face Liudvik Sholinian on March 19, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 204.[33] However due to the War in Ukraine, Sholinian was unable to leave the country or train so he was replaced by Vince Morales.[34] In turn, just days before the event, Morales withdrew due to illness,[35] and the pair will be rescheduled for future event.[36]

In his debut at featherweight, Wood faced Charles Rosa on July 23, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 208.[37] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 18 wins 5 losses
By knockout 9 2
By submission 5 2
By decision 4 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–5 Charles Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall 23 July 2022 3 5:00 London, England Featherweight debut.
Loss 17–5 Casey Kenney Decision (unanimous) UFC 254 24 October 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (140 lb) bout. Fight of the Night.
Win 17–4 John Castañeda Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till 26 July 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 16–4 John Dodson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 15 February 2020 3 0:16 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 16–3 José Alberto Quiñónez Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal 16 March 2019 2 2:46 London, England
Win 15–3 Andre Ewell Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 232 29 December 2018 3 4:12 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 14–3 Johnny Eduardo Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes 1 June 2018 2 2:18 Utica, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3 Luca Iovine KO (punch) Cage Warriors 92 24 March 2018 1 0:50 London, England Defended the Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Josh Reed TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 86 17 September 2017 1 2:19 London, England Defended the Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship.
Win 11–3 Marko Kovacevic KO (punches) Cage Warriors 84 2 June 2017 1 3:41 London, England Won the vacant Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Vaughan Lee TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 82 1 April 2017 2 4:22 Liverpool, England
Win 9–3 Chase Morton Submission (rear naked choke) Bellator 158 16 July 2016 2 0:48 London, England
Loss 8–3 Alan Philpott TKO (doctor stoppage) BAMMA 24: Ireland vs. England 26 February 2016 3 3:40 Dublin, Ireland For the Lonsdale Bantamweight Championship Championship.
Win 8–2 Bryan Creighton Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 23: Night of Champions 14 November 2015 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Win 7–2 Thiago Aguiar Decision (unanimous) Phoenix Fight Night 27 12 September 2015 3 5:00 Bournemouth, England
Loss 6–2 Mike Cutting Submission (armbar) BAMMA 18: Duquesnoy vs. Klaczek 21 February 2015 1 3:26 Wolverhampton, England
Win 6–1 Steve McCombe TKO (arm injury) Cage Warriors 74 15 November 2014 1 2:23 London, England
Win 5–1 Alexander Bilobrovka Submission (triangle choke) UCMMA 39 3 May 2014 1 0:34 London, England
Loss 4–1 Ed Arthur Submission (rear naked choke) BAMMA 15: Thompson vs. Selmani 5 April 2014 3 1:48 London, England
Win 4–0 Abdullah Saleh KO UCMMA 38 1 February 2014 1 0:22 London, England
Win 3–0 Grisha Adams Submission (triangle choke) UCMMA 35 3 August 2013 1 3:01 London, England
Win 2–0 Damo Weeden TKO (punches) Fusion Fighting Championship - Reality Check 9 February 2013 2 2:10 Epsom, England
Win 1–0 James Humphries TKO (punches) Fusion Fighting Championship: Breakthrough 18 February 2012 2 0:33 Epsom, England

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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