British UFC debutant Nathaniel Wood: 'I want to do what Darren Till's just done'

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British MMA fighter Nathaniel Wood is relishing the chance to make his UFC debut on Friday night in New York and hopes to replicate Darren Till's success himself in the future.

Wood (13-3), 24, is a previous Cage Warriors bantamweight champion and his last fight was over in 50 seconds after he beat Luca Iovine via knockout in March.

He faces UFC veteran Johnny Eduardo (28-11) on June 1 on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 131, headlined by Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes.

"It was amazing getting that UFC call," Wood told ESPN. "Finally after nine years of hard work I'm finally at the big league where I can represent my country at the highest level.

"I'm just going to stay the same fighter that I am. I like to think that I'm entertaining. I've had 13 wins and only had two decisions so I intend on doing the exact same in the UFC.

"I want to get those finish bonuses so I'm planning on doing exactly what I've been doing just on a higher platform.

"I'm looking to get this fight done and done quickly. In good style and make a good impression in the UFC on my debut.

"I'm looking to make a tear up in this division, I'm looking to the top 10 bantamweight rankings so come October, November time, if they put me in there with someone in the top 15 that's exactly what I want.

"I am literally just enjoying the journey. I haven't got any nerves going in there, I'm confident in the skillset that I've got."

Fellow countryman Till beat UFC No. 1 welterweight contender Stephen Thompson in his hometown, Liverpool, on May 27, and Wood is eyeing similar home success in the near future.

"I saw his walkout. That for me, if I could do that in London, that would be a dream come true, so I'm quite confident that I'll be there soon," Wood added.

"I don't know when the UFC are coming back to London, but definitely if I can get a couple of fights before that, maybe I'll be able to co-main or main event [the next UFC London card] and do exactly what Darren Till's just done.

"For me on the walkout I'm just buzzing to get in there. Every fight can be eight to 10 weeks of hard work. I could actually run in there, I'm that eager to get going.

"I try to avoid looking out in the crowd. I don't actually like to see family or friends because I get other thoughts running through my head. For me it's just getting in and get done."

Wood, who is from south London, is also known by the tag 'The Prospect' but he has no intention of dropping the name tag despite his rise to the UFC.

"Until I'm number one, I'm always the prospect," he added. "That's my brand name. At some point I may have to come up with another one but for now I'm going to stick to 'The Prospect'."

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