Kicking off the eight-fight UFC preliminary card, Nathaniel Wood fought John Castaneda. Here’s how the fight went.
Bout 1: Nathaniel Wood (16-4) vs. John Castaneda (17-4) (Bantamweight)
Both fighters were throwing and landing with hard punches. Castaneda was the fighter who was advancing, although Wood was connecting with his fair share on the backfoot. The fighters would take turns landing with leg kicks. They clinched in the fourth minute, with Wood putting Castaneda against the cage before landing a punch upon separation. Castaneda had a takedown attempt stopped. Wood got a trip takedown from a clinch after, although Castaneda got up immediately after.
Wood continued to land the leg kicks in the second round. Wood blocked a head kick early, landing a counter leg kick that slipped Castaneda. Wood connected with a clean two-punch combination in the third minute. A cut opened besides Castaneda’s right eye shortly after. Wood put Castaneda in a clinch against the cage in the fourth minute of the fight. Castaneda eventually escaped the position and returned to stand-up. Castaneda continued to throw his own strikes, although Wood was landing with more volume.
The tempo slightly slowed down by both fighters in the final round. Wood continued to keep a higher volume of strikes landed. Wood scored with a hard two-punch combination after leaving a clinch halfway through the last round. Wood got a takedown in the closing moments of the fight. Needing judges to find a winner, Wood was selected (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
RESULT: Nathaniel Wood def. John Castaneda via Decision, Unanimous
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