Following his knockout win of Louis Smolka this past December, Morales called out Wood and eventually got his wish. With Liudvik Sholinian forced to withdraw, Morales stepped in on a couple weeks’ notice to face Wood on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 204.
Based off his fighting style, Wood (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) doesn’t understand why Morales (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is eager to fight him.
“I don’t know why he wants to fight me. He’s lost a fight via leg kicks before,” Wood told reporters at Wednesday’s UFC London media day. “I think I hold the record for most leg kicks thrown. So, yeah, I don’t know. Maybe he wants a bit of the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.”
He continued, “He’s taking it on two-three weeks’ notice, so if anything, I feel a little bit offended.
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Wood will return from a more than year-long layoff due to a hand injury. In his last octagon appearance, the London native was on the wrong end of a “Fight of the Night” battle against Casey Kenney at UFC 254 in October 2020, a fight he thought he won.
“Of course the fight is really important,” Wood said. “I’ve been out for such a long time now and with my last fight being a loss – however, I don’t feel I lost that fight. I believe that I’m 5-1 in the UFC. I’m down as 4-2, but I don’t see that last fight. I don’t see how I lost that, but don’t leave it to the judges, they always say. So, yeah, this Saturday I look to finish the fight, finish it early and let the UFC know I’m here, I’m here to stay and that I’m where I belong.”
UFC Fight Night 204 takes place Saturday at O2 Arena in London. The card streams on ESPN+.
Watch the video of Wood’s complete pre-fight media availability above.
Photos: UFC Fight Night 204 media day in London
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