The UFC’s Nathaniel Wood is quickly becoming one of the biggest UK names in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion holds an impressive record of 16 wins and 4 losses at just 26-years-old.
After signing with the UFC in early 2018, Wood has gone on to boast an impressive three wins and one loss in the octagon, with his last fight against the No. 12 ranked veteran, John Dodson.
Despite losing this match-up via TKO early in the third round, Wood proved that he was more than comfortable in the cage against top ranked opponents, as he was out-striking Dodson up until the controversial stoppage.
Wood believes that he could have recovered from the strikes that knocked him down, and if we are to go by any of his past fights, I think he has a strong claim here.
Prior to his last fight, Wood was on a three fight win streak and his name was growing in the sport, becoming one of the most recognised MMA stars fighting out of the UK.
‘The Prospect’ told us that he would love a rematch with Dodson and ‘promised’ that this would not be the same outcome if the fight happened again.
However, Wood says he appreciates that Dodson may not be interested in a rematch and is eyeing up another opponent for his next fight, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera.
Vera and Wood have a small history of online spats with each other and it is a fight that makes a lot of sense.
Wood’s coach is none other than one of the pioneers of UK MMA, Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett.
Pickett retired in his hometown of London in March 2017, making his final fight against Ecuador’s Vera.
The fight ended in a huge upset, as Vera downed Pickett with a head kick and followed up with punches to get the TKO victory.
Since then, Wood has been looking to avenge his coach and now seems the perfect time to make the fight.
Wood (16-4) and Vera (15-5) share equally impressive records and it would be a fight that would push the winner into a top 15 spot in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
With the recent cancellation of UFC London, could we see Wood vs Vera added to the card, possibly in the co-main slot?
Check out what ‘The Prospect’ had to say in the video above.