Following his unanimous decision victory over Andre Fili, UFC featherweight Nathaniel Wood sustained a severe facial injury.
Wood achieved his third consecutive win in the feathrweight division after transitioning from bantamweight. He emerged victorious against Fili at UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura in July.
The bout between Wood and Fili showcased an intense and action-packed exchange, earning it the potential recognition as a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender. Both fighters traded powerful strikes throughout the three rounds.
However, Wood’s triumph over Fili came at a cost.
Nathaniel Wood to Be Sidelines for a Minimum of Six Weeks with a Fractured Orbital
In a recent tweet, Wood disclosed the extent of his injury sustained at UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura.
For the record I fractured my orbital in the fight, 6 weeks no contact and we’re good to go. And yes I sleep like that pic.twitter.com/5bEbpbJMYD
— Nathaniel Wood (@TheProspectMMA) August 1, 2023
“For the record I fractured my orbital in the fight, 6 weeks no contact and we’re good to go,” Wood tweeted. “And yes I sleep like that.”
Wood has demonstrated his potential as a top UFC prospect, securing victories against notable opponents such as Andre Ewell, Charles Jourdain, and Charles Rosa. Earlier this year, he had to withdraw from a scheduled bout due to a severe leg injury he suffered.
Recognized for his aggressive fighting style, Wood engages in close-quarter combat and maintains a high-paced tempo inside the Octagon. His recent wins over Jourdan and Rosa showcased thrilling moments throughout the matches.
While Wood’s style has the potential to lead him to future title contention, he must first recover from the physical toll taken during his fights.
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