Nathaniel Wood
The Prospect

England

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 6/1/2021
Out six months
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 27, 2020
Wood was hit with a six-month medical suspension Tuesday due to a right hand injury, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood suffered the injury, the exact details of which are not clear, during his loss to Casey Kenney on Saturday. He'll be out a minimum of 30 days and won't be able to fight again until April unless cleared by a doctor.
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Drops tight one in Abu Dhabi
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 24, 2020
Wood lost to Casey Kenney via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Wood fought better than the final scorecards would lead you to believe. He was competitive in all three rounds, with the second being his best. Wood made a concerted effort throughout the course of the fight to damage Kenney with leg kicks. He was successful in that endeavor, but a pair of late takedowns by Kenney ultimately sealed the deal. Wood has shown considerably more good than bad (4-2) during his time with the UFC, but he has now alternated losses and wins over the course of his past three fights. On the bright side, he'll head home with an extra $50,000 after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Booked for Fight Island
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 8, 2020
Wood will take on Casey Kenney in a catchweight matchup (140 pounds) at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 on Fight Island, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood got back in the win column against John Castaneda during a trip to Fight Island in July, and will now square off against a fighter who is also 4-1 under the UFC banner. Kenney competed on Fight Island just weeks ago on Oct. 3, landing 109 significant strikes in a lopsided affair against Heili Alateng. Wood still throws a higher striking volume, landing an impressive (and likely unsustainable) 5.52 significant strikes per minute. Kenney sports better defensive striking marks, but only slightly. Wood also seems to have the edge in grappling, both in terms of takedown and submission volume, as well as takedown defense.
Strong rebound effort in Abu Dhabi
BantamweightUFC
Out
July 25, 2020
Wood defeated John Castaneda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong performance from Wood on the heels of his loss -- his first in the UFC -- to John Dodson in February. It took Wood the better part of a round to find his range before he began to pick Castaneda apart. He did an excellent job of closing the distance between the two men in addition to firing off some vicious counter strikes. The loss to Dodson was a clear setback, but Wood remains one of the bantamweight division's better prospects. He has very quick hands and will turn just 27 years of age next week. Keep an eye on Wood moving forward.
New Fight Island opponent
BantamweightUFC
Out
July 9, 2020
Wood will now take on John Castaneda on July 25 on Fight Island following the withdrawal of Umar Nurmagomedov, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood had actually been a (+130) betting underdog for the originally-scheduled matchup, so a switch in opponent -- despite the short notice -- could end up working in his favor. Wood is still 26 years old and a highly-regarded prospect, but the hype train was derailed a bit when he was knocked out by John Dodson in February to snap a three-fight winning streak. He had submitted all three of those opponents to start his UFC run, but Castaneda has yet to be submitted in his pro career.
Next fight on tap
BantamweightUFC
Out
June 12, 2020
Wood will take on Umar Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC's event scheduled for July 25, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood will look to bounce back from his loss to John Dodson via TKO (punches) at UFC Rio Rancho in February that put an end to his eight-fight winning streak. Nurmagomedov, the younger cousin of Khabib, is a UFC newcomer who carries a 12-0 record as a professional fighter. Nurmagomedov carries a slight advantage in height.