‘Freak Accident’ Forces Nathaniel Wood to Withdraw from UFC 286
Nathaniel Wood has been forced to withdraw from a proposed featherweight clash against Lerone Murphy at UFC 286.
“The Prospect” revealed on social media that a “freak accident” in training resulted in him having to get stitches on his knee.
“It is with a heavy heart to announce I will no longer be fighting in London. It seems I just can’t get a break in this game with constant set backs. A freak accident landing on wooden trim in wrestling practice,” Wood wrote. “Sorry for all those who were coming to see me. Going to have a sit down and think about some things. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows.”
“Unfortunately I cannot bend my knee until these stitches are out.”
It is unclear if Murphy will remain on the card against a replacement opponent. UFC 286 takes place at the O2 Arena in London on March 18 and is headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
A former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion, Wood is 2-0 since moving up to 145 pounds after earning unanimous verdicts over Charles Rosa and Charles Jourdain last year. The 29-year-old Great Britain Top Team product is 6-2 during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion and 19-5 as a professional overall.
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