Nathaniel Wood will need a new opponent if he hopes to compete in front of his home fans this Saturday.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that an illness has forced Vince Morales out of his bout with Wood at UFC London event, which takes place at the O2 Arena. The news was first tweeted by Al Zullino Reporter .
Morales later confirmed that his withdrawal via Instagram. He stated that he had a fever after landing in London, and was not cleared to compete or lose weight.
According to sources, Wood is being replaced by the UFC. Morales was already slotted in as a somewhat short notice opponent after Liudvik Sholinian announced he was withdrawing from the matchup with Wood to join his fellow Ukrainian countrymen on the front lines in their war against Russia.
“The Prospect” hasn’t competed since dropping a unanimous decision to Casey Kenney at UFC 254 in October 2020, and will hope to get back on track after dropping two of three.