London’s own Nathaniel Wood will defend his Cage Warriors bantamweight title this evening at Cage Warriors 86, but he’s got one eye on emulating Conor McGregor and becoming a two weight champion.
Wood won the 135-pounds Cage Warriors strap back in June and will be looking to defend his title for the first time Saturday evening when he faces Josh Reed at the O2 Indigo.
The Londoner isn’t a man to ever get ahead of himself, but speaking exclusively to MMAUNO.com earlier this week, Wood said he’s looking to beat Reed and then go on to claim his second Cage Warriors title.
“Josh is 3-0 in Cage Warriors so I know that he’s going to bring me a big challenge on Saturday,” Woods said.
“After this fight though, I do have an eye on moving up to featherweight.
“If I move up I want to go after the title and I don’t want to be sitting around having to play catch up.
“If I’m fighting at featherweight I’m doing to become a two weight Cage Warriors champion.”
McGregor famously won the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight titles and held them simultaneously until he vacated them in 2013 after being signed by the UFC.
If Wood beats Reed this evening and stretches his winning run to four, a call from the UFC might not be far be far away.
Wood admits that a call up to the UFC would be a dream come true, but he says he’s in no immediate rush to make the step up.
“I’ve had a lot of people say to me that I’m ready for the UFC and that sort of thing, but to be honest, skill-wise I think I’ve been ready for the UFC for a long time.
“I’m just going to take every fight as it comes and I’m in no rush.
“I’m just enjoying the journey and if the UFC comes, they come, but if they don’t, I’m just going to keep taking each fight I’m offered.
“I’ve seen a lot of champs get a title and then sit around waiting for the UFC and I’m never going to do that.
“The best way to do it is to keep fighting, keep winning and make it impossible for them not to give you the call.”