Nathaniel Wood
The Prospect


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.
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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.
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.