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The curtain jerker comes in the Bantamweight division, as Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood takes on Vince “Vandetta” Morales. Having not fought since October of 2020, Wood will look to shake off the rust in his return to the octagon. A loser of two of his last three, Wood comes into this fight needing to get back in win column. Seeing that he has never lost two straight in his career, history is on his side. Meanwhile, Morales comes into this fight off back-to-back wins. The most recent fight being Morales’ best performance inside the octagon, as he finished Luis Smolka in the opening round.
As for a prediction, I have Wood winning. While I do worry about the lengthy layoff, Wood brings forth a well rounded game highlighted by his high motor. Eclipsing over 100 strikes in back-to-back fights, Wood is relentless with activity from the opening bell to the end. Not just a striker, Wood has shown to be an adequate wrestler with good grappling. Two factors that could have a real impact on this fight, as Morales is a pure striker who has struggled against takedown attempts. However, Morales has shown an ability to pop up, never truly being held down for long periods of time. While I do believe Wood mixes in takedowns to sway the judges, on the feet, his high output alone should able to carry him. An output that is top ten all-time in the Bantamweight division. So with that said, I predict that Wood will win this fight via decision.