Nathaniel Wood

The Prospect

England

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 12/1/2021
Out of Martinez fight
BantamweightUFC
Out
August 10, 2021
Wood has withdrawn from his fight versus Jonathan Martinez scheduled for Sept. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
No reason was given for Wood's withdrawal from the bout. It's unclear when he'll get another fight scheduled. Martinez has been rebooked with Marcelo Rojo for the Sept. 4 UFC event.
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Back in Octagon in September
BantamweightUFC
Out
July 1, 2021
Wood will take on Jonathan Martinez in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 4, Al Zullino of Tapology reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood will be returning to action for the firs time since his narrow defeat back in October against Casey Kenney. Wood suffered a right hand injury and received a 180-day medical suspension. He will be 100 percent going into the fight against Martinez, who is coming off the first knockout loss of his career back in March.
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.
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.