Nathaniel Wood

The Prospect


Crushing UFC 294 defeat
October 21, 2023
Wood lost to Muhammadjon Naimov via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 294 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Wood by no means fought well in this fight, and his performance was highly disappointing given he entered as a -325 favorite, but it's easy to envision a scenario in which things may have gone differently. For starters, he ate two vicious low blows from Naimov. Referee Lukasz Bosacki absolutely should have taken a point, but didn't. Second, Wood had Naimov in all sorts of trouble in the closing moments of the fight and may very well have earned a stoppage if there were only a handful of additional seconds on the clock. Sadly for Wood, it wasn't meant to be. "The Prospect", who is now 30 years old, sees his three-fight winning streak snapped.
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Gets new fight
September 16, 2023
Wood will take on Muhammadjon Naimov at UFC 294 on Oct. 21, reports.
Wood is looking to stay hot after consecutive wins over Charles Jourdain, Charles Rosa and Andre Fili. He sports a 7-2 record overall in the UFC. His opponent, Naimov, is on a streak of his own, as he has one his previous four fights.
Picks up win in native England
July 22, 2023
Wood defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
This was a tale of three separate fights. Wood nearly stopped Fili in Round 1 following some early struggles, while the latter turned the table in Round 2, easily winning the frame. With the bout up for grabs in Round 3, both men slowed considerably, but Wood's repeated low kicks, combined with one big right hand, were enough to earn him the decision. Wood has very fast hands and legitimate power, but he absorbs more damage on the feet than you would like to see from a striker. That said, it's impossible to argue with the results. Wood is 4-1 in his past five fights dating back to July 2020.
Fili fight scheduled
May 10, 2023
Wood will fight Andre Fili in a featherweight bout at UFC London on July 22, according to Marcel Dorff of
Now that Wood's previous injury has healed, he can prepare to fight again. Fili is 2-3 (1) since 2020, with both wins logged via split decision, the latter outcome being his last so far.
Out of fight after injury
February 8, 2023
Wood will no longer fight Lerone Murphy at UFC 286 on March 18 after suffering an injury, Al Zullino of MMA Today reports.
Wood landed on a wooden trim while in wrestling practice and and was forced to get several stitches in his leg. Wood said he is unable to bend his knee until his stitches come out. He was last in the Octagon back in September when he beat Charles Jourdain by unanimous decision. It's unclear when his next fight will be.
Fighting at UFC 286
January 6, 2023
Wood will face off with Lerone Murphy in a featherweight bout at UFC 286 on March 18, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Wood, who most recently took down Charles Jourdain in September 2022, will face off with Murphy in March. The 29-year-old fighter is currently 6-2 in the UFC, and he will look to continue building his resume against Murphy.