Nathaniel Wood vs Vince Morales UFC Prediction & Betting

UFC London is upon us, and what a card it is. To kick it off, two bantamweights finishers clash to impress the audience: Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood, representing England, and Vince ‘Vandetta’ Morales, hailing from Idaho, US.

Nathaniel Wood vs Vince Morales Prediction

Check out my other predictions here

Nathaniel Wood is an exceptionally fast boxer with a slick defense. He has legitimate knockout power and half of his pro victories come by way of knockout. Wood was on a fantastic 8 streak finishing streak before his first defeat in the UFC against John Dodson. His resumé of wins and defeats is fairly impressive, owning victories over the likes of Andrew Ewell and John Castaneda. His two defeats in the UFC are to John Dodson, and Casey Kenney. It’s a good gauge of Wood’s skill level that the only fighters to derail his hype are two highly touted individuals. How does Morales measure up?

Nathaniel Wood triangles Grisha Adams
Nathaniel Wood showing good striking and takedown defense against Grisha Adams

Morales is a boxer/striker who favors counter striking, slips, and angle changing. He’s got dynamite in his hands, but he’s had a rougher run in the UFC compared to Wood, dropping fights to weaker opposition. Morales uses his slips and angle changes to set up opportunities for takedowns.

How do they match up?

Morales needs to be aware of Wood’s striking on the feet. His grappling may be a saving grace, but Wood’s grappling is also very good, with 3 of his 4 UFC victories coming by submission. In terms of the striking, Morales tends to keep his hands lower, and overextends on his punches in order to set up takedowns. He may not get away with this as easy with Wood, who is prone to countering opponents in close range. The takedowns may also not work since Wood’s grappling is about as strong as his striking.

Everything about this matchup points to a Wood victory, which could come by knockout, submission or decision.

My pick – Nathaniel Wood by UD

Nathaniel Wood vs Vince Morales Betting Suggestion

You can find Nathaniel Wood as a 2/5 favourite to win the fight out right, on Bet365, which is a very safe bet.

Thank you for reading! Comment down below, or sign up to my newsletter to receive alerts.

Read my other predictions for UFC London

Nathaniel Wood vs Vince Morales
Muhammad Mokaev vs Cody Durden
Cory McKenna vs Elise Reed
Jack Shore vs Timur Valiev
Nikita Krylov vs Paul Craig
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Sergei Pavlovich
Mike Grundy vs Makwan Amirkhani
Jai Herbert vs Ilia Topuria
Molly McCann vs Luana Carolina
Gunnar Nelson vs Takashi Sato
Paddy Pimblett vs Rodrigo Vargas
Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker
Alexander Volkov vs Tom Aspinall

Mathew Riddle MMA

Mathew Riddle

Mathew is a combat sports journalist & designer. His past bylines include Sports Illustrated, Heavy on UFC, Sport Skeeda, MMA UK, and MMA Sucka.

One response

  1. Andrew avatar

    As always a superb pre fighter analysis!