Nathaniel Wood
The Prospect


Strong rebound effort in Abu Dhabi
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.
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.
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New Fight Island opponent
July 9, 2020
Wood will now take on John Castaneda on July 25 on Fight Island following the withdrawal of Umar Nurmagomedov, reports.
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
June 12, 2020
Wood will take on Umar Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC's event scheduled for July 25, reports.
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.
Stunned by John Dodson
February 15, 2020
Wood lost to John Dodson via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 3 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Wood won the striking battle in each of the first two rounds and even recorded a takedown in the first, but was deducted a point in the second frame after landing consecutive low blows. The third and final frame looked like more of the same, but in one of Wood's charges, Dodson was able to connect with a counter left that proved to be the beginning of the end. Dodson charged Wood across the Octagon and eventually put him down, forcing the referee to step in and put a temporary end to the prospect's hype train.
Booked for UFC Rio Rancho
December 19, 2019
Wood (16-3-0) will take on John Dodson (20-11-0) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Wood has won his first three UFC matchups via submission, most recently defeating Jose Quinonez with a rear-naked choke at UFC London in March. Dodson is coming off back-to-back losses after losing to Petr Yan at UFC Fight Night 145 in February. Wood carries advantages in striking and takedowns, although Dodson has proven effective in his defense of strikes and takedowns in previous fights. Wood has slight height and reach advantages heading into the matchup.
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.