Featherweight bout Nathaniel Wood vs Charles Rosa added to stacked UFC London

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Nathaniel Wood will make his featherweight debut against Charles Rosa at UFC London in July four months after he missed out on a homecoming fight following withdrawals from two opponents.

The Prospect, a former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion who twice defended his belt, began his UFC career with three successive victories before a win over John Castaneda split defeats against John Dodson and Casey Kenney.

Since that decision loss in a fight of the night bout during October of 2020, Wood has had three cancelled bouts including two gutting withdrawals at the first UFC London of the year in March.

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Londoner Wood has now booked in his return as Dana White's UFC returns to The O2 on July 23 on the undercard of Tom Aspinall's heavyweight bout against Curtis Blaydes, which will also feature Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann, Darren Till and Paul Craig among others.

The 28-year-old (17-5) will go head-to-head with Charles "Boston Strong" Rosa (14-7), who has won two of his last five bouts having been edged out by T.J. Brown back in January.

In February, Wood spoke of his pride in being the only Londoner on the hometown card before his dream was pushed back until later in the year.

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He told The Sun: "I can't put it into words. Not only am I back after a long lay-off, but I'm also back in my hometown.

"I've done it before so I know the experience. It's electric and it's such a buzz in there.

"My last fight there was a moment I'll remember for the rest of my life. So to do that all over again, it's a good feeling."

Following that cancellation, Wood announced the end of the chapter at 135lbs, moving up 10lbs to the featherweight limit where the likes of Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway compete, as well as fellow Englishman Arnold Allen.

He said at the time: "That’s the end of a chapter for now, myself and the team have made the decision to move up and compete at [145 pounds].

"I’m excited and motivated more than ever to go in there powerful, fuelled and happy."

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BLAYDES vs. ASPINALL tickets are on sale now via AXS and Ticketmaster.


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