Nathaniel Wood wants Marlon Vera or Tom Duqesnoy in London when the UFC returns in March


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Nathaniel Wood wasn’t in love with his first fight in America, but he’ll take it.

For starters, he wasn’t happy that he heard some boos at UFC 232 this past Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Then there was the matter of the Brit coming to the States and dealing with the time zone issues while also cutting weight. So next time out, he’d love to lace up the gloves to go to work at home when the UFC returns to The O2 in his home city of London in March.

The boos, though, Wood (15-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) said he needs to share blame for with Andre Ewell (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), whom he submitted with a rear-naked choke late in the third round to close out the prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“I feel great to get the win and get the finish,” Wood said. “I was a little bit gutted that I heard some boos. I’m always looking to be an entertainer, first and foremost, so that sucked, if I’m honest.

“But the first round is kind of how I thought it was all going to go. The second round, we ended up on the floor and I knew he had nothing for me there. It takes two to tango, and when we were on the ground he was wrapping my arms up, he was holding me onto him, and there’s only so much I can do. If I get too hasty, I might end up getting submitted. I did what I needed to do, but I’m just happy to get the finish and the win.”

Wood said he came out of the fight injury free and feeling good. Now he’s got his eyes on UFC on ESPN+ 5 in London, which takes place March 16. That way, his London family and friends can see him fight in the UFC in person.

As for an opponent, Tom Duquesnoy (16-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) pulled out of a fight with Wood at UFC 232 a month out. So he’d welcome another chance to dance with him – if he’s going to make it to the fight.

And then there’s the matter of Marlon Vera (14-5-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who in March 2017 took out Wood’s coach, Brad Pickett, in Pickett’s final fight.

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