Nathaniel Wood
The Prospect
Picks up third submission in UFC
March 16, 2019
Wood defeated Jose Quinonez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:46 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
Wood was taken down just after the one-minute mark of the first round, but put his grappling on display and secured a reversal en route to eventually getting back to his feet. Next he showed his striking, earning a knockdown before immediately looking for a D'arce choke. Quinonez rolled out and scrambled to his feet, where Wood went to the leg kick several times before finishing the round with a takedown. Wood continued to pepper him with strikes in the second round, widening his lead on total strikes to the head. He secured a takedown at about the midway point, where he took the back of Quinonez and sunk in the fight-ending choke. Wood now has three submission wins in three trips to the Octagon, putting an impressive arsenal of skills on display along the way. He looks to be a legitimate threat in the bantamweight division.
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Next test on home turf
January 30, 2019
Wood will take on Jose Quinonez in a bantamweight matchup at UFC London on March 16.
Wood's UFC career is off to a fast start, as the 25-year-old has earned back-to-back submission victories since making his debut in June. He'll now face an opponent on a four-fight winning streak, though it's worth noting that Quinonez fought just one time in 2018. Wood is a younger fighter with more professional bouts that will have the crowd behind him, but a slight height advantage will go to Quinonez (though both have an identical 69-inch reach).
Extends winning streak to 7 with submission victory
December 29, 2018
Wood defeated Andre Ewell via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:12 of Round 3 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angles.
Wood was stalking Ewell from the opening bell. He did a great job of leading and cutting Ewell's angles off throughout the fight. Once Wood got his first takedown it was clear that would be a theme throughout the fight. Ewell showed very little grappling ability and the ground was the safest way for Wood to win the fight. "The Prospect" was repeatedly able to get to side control and land ground and pound. In the third round Ewell gave up his back after being on the ground for almost the whole round. Wood sunk in the rear-naked choke and forced the tap.
Receives new opponent for UFC 232
November 30, 2018
Wood will now face Andre Ewell at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
Wood was originally supposed to face Tom Duquesnoy but Duquesnoy withdrew two weeks ago with an intercostal hematoma. The upcoming bantamweight bout with Ewell will provide a chance for Wood to win his seventh consecutive fight.
Opponent withdraws from UFC 232
November 12, 2018
Wood will no longer face Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 232 on Dec. 29, as Duquesnoy revealed via his personal Instagram account that he will be unable to compete due to injury.
With the event more than six weeks away, UFC matchmakers should have plenty of time to schedule a new opponent for the young prospect. Wood was victorious via submission in his UFC debut back in June, and is currently riding a six-fight winning streak. Duquesnoy would have been one of his toughest tests to date.
Draws Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 232
October 18, 2018
Wood will take on Tom Duquesnoy in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
Wood was behind in the striking numbers in his UFC debut against Johnny Eduardo, but ended up finishing the fight via Brabo Choke in the second round. He'll now set his sights on Duquesnoy, a 25-year-old who has been submitted just once in 18 professional fights. Wood will have his work cut out for him if he intends to extend his winning streak to seven against the Jackson-Wink MMA product.