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We have a showdown in the Featherweight division, as Nathaniel Wood takes on Charles Rosa. In a funk, that has saw Wood drop two of the last three, Wood comes into this fight needing to get back on track. Nicknamed the prospect and look every bit of it early, Wood is going to need to prove that he can get by the veterans of the division if he is to ever advance himself up the ladder. Meanwhile, Rosa enters this fight urgently needing a victory. Having dropped two straight and three of the last four, Rosa is turning into a gatekeeper with little hope of every challenging for the title.
This is an important fight for both, as neither can continue the snide they are currently on. Wood, is a well rounded fighter, who has excellent 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. Something in which could be a huge factor in this fight, as Rosa’s 38% takedown defense has been the root of many of his defeats. Mainly profiling as a striker, who will mix in a takedown once in awhile, Rosa is tough and a willing brawler. With eight submission victories though, Rosa is no slouch on the ground. However, he has had trouble keeping stronger grapplers from implementing their game on him.
In what could be a fun fight, I’m going with Wood. With an excellent gas tank and a well rounded game, Wood can comfortably take this fight wherever he wants. The only thing that Rosa has going for toughness, which is why I predict that Wood will win this fight via decision.