English fan favourite and action fighter Nathaniel Wood meets “Teco” Quiñonez in a bantamweight clash. Quiñonez is an agressive fighter and if this stays on the feet it should be a good scrap. However he seems to favour grappling approaches in most of his fights. Four of his five UFC fights have gone to decision and we last saw him outpoint Ishihara over three rounds. Nathaniel Wood is a finisher, and has only seen the final bell twice in his career in eighteen contests. Once a brawler in Cage Warriors, the young prospect is quickly developing into a potential threat at the weight to the top ranked fighters. He is dangerous everywhere and his grappling game has improved over the last couple of years. Even though vulnerable in the past, he showed an also improved striking game in his last fight against tricky striker Andre Ewell and completely dominated the action.
How does this fight play out? Wood is listed as an almost three to one favourite and rightfully so. I heavily favour him to win this fight and probably stop Quiñonez along the way. Teco´s best chance is to implement a wrestling heavy gameplan from the beggining and, if he is able to do it, use top control to steal rounds and do damage. I think Wood is gonna do well in this fight though and I see him dominating the action from the early going. The pick here is Wood to win, probably by knockout after catching Quiñonez on the feet.