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Casey Kenney vs Nathaniel Wood Tips & Fight Predictions

Casey Kenney
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Nathaniel Wood to win
Tipped at: 2.45 - 24th Oct 13:36
Casey Kenney takes on Nathaniel Wood in this UFC Matchup. Casey Kenney despite being considered the favourite in this match by the bookmakers, I think that him not being a power puncher will be a bit of a disadvantage in this match for him. For that reason, my prediction is Nathaniel Wood will be the victor in this encounter. Good luck and bet responsibly.

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Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood | UFC 254 Predictions

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In the UFC bantamweight division two surging contenders will face each other to determine who the next 135 lb prospect is. In a UFC division currently filled with killers, this matchup is very exciting because it most certainly will add to that array of bantamweight killers. 

Nathaniel Wood, 27, will take on Casey Kenney, 29, in a UFC bantamweight contender bout. Join me in predicting this exciting UFC bout. UFC predictions and betting tips are always free on bettingexpert. UFC predictions for UFC 254 below.Read more

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    Nathaniel Wood to win
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Nathaniel Wood to win
Tipped at: 2.62 - 22nd Oct 11:53
I gotta go with Nathaniel Wood at 2.62 in his fight against Casey Kenney. Both guys are up and coming contenders but this should be a pick'em. If not for Wood's TKO loss to Dodson, this line would be very different. However, Kenney is NOT a power puncher. He has yet to get a legitimate KO on his record and both guys are 4-1 in the UFC. Furthermore, Wood is unbeaten in decision fights and with no serious threat of a KO from Kenney I don't really see what's stopping Wood from potentially stealing this fight on the scorecards. Both guys are excellent at mixing up the strikes to the head, body, and legs, and if you've followed my picks you know I like those type of fighters. Another small thing to keep in mind: Kenney fought not too long ago, actually earlier this month - and he decided to fly back home after his win, only to return 10 days later. Switching time zones like that could affect his performance and training. Kenney has dropped decisions in the UFC before, and when he faced Merab he lost every single round. You don't see Wood getting dominated like that in decision fights. This should be a pick'em so I'm going with the dog.
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Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood | UFC 254 Predictions

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Nathaniel Wood

Age: 27 | Height: 167 cm | Reach: 175 cm

UFC record: 4-1 | Pro record: 17-4

Style: Well-rounded finisher

Despite joining the UFC in 2018, Nathaniel Wood already has his sixth bout scheduled at UFC 254. A former titleholder in smaller MMA promotions, Wood is no stranger to being on the top. He is a composed striker who lands a lot on his opponents. He is no simple striker however, as he is more than capable of submitting you on the ground as well as out pointing you to a decision. In the UFC, Wood has showcased that he’s able to win fights inside the distance as well as on the judges’ scorecards. Wood’s UFC momentum was briefly brought to a halt when he fell at the hands of John Dodson in February of 2020. However, Nathaniel has already been back in the cage since, getting his hand raised against fellow UFC bantamweight prospect John Castaneda, landing more than 130 punches over the course of 3 rounds.

Wood has it all; striking, grappling and submission skills. My only critique of him is the fact that his striking defense can be a bit lacking against dangerous strikers, but he’s already shown great improvements in the UFC, and has a bright future ahead of him if he continues to work on his game. Wood has a finish rate of 82%.

Casey Kenney

Age: 29 | Height: 170 cm | Reach: 173 cm

UFC record: 4-1 | Pro record: 15-2-1

Style: High-volume point fighter

After two impressive appearances on DWCS Kenney was ready for the UFC. In 2019 he started his UFC run with a UD win over veteran and former title challenger Ray Borg. Just a few months later he would yet again overcome a great challenge against Manny Bermudez, where Kenney once again passed with flying colors, getting the nod from all three judges. In February of 2020, Kenney would face defeat for the first time at the hands of the chain-wrestling cardio-freak Merab Dvalishvili, losing a UD to ‘The Machine’. Kenney would bounce right back with another win just 3 months after, scoring a first-round submission win over Louis Smolka in May.

Kenney’s last outing was actually earlier this month, when he fought and beat Heili Alateng on October 4th. Now, he feels he is ready to get back in the cage. With just 20 days gone since his last fight, the question is: has he had enough time to recover physically and get ready for the biggest challenge of his career?

Kenney surrenders one inch in reach but has an inch in height on Wood. He is the older man by 2 years.

UFC 254: Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney Prediction

The UFC matchmakers have done an outstanding job on this one – a great fight this is. But let’s get down to brass tacks. We need to predict a winner. I think Wood is a good type of fighter to beat Kenney. Casey is one of those cardio freaks that just never seems to slow down, but we’ve seen before that is his opponent can hang with him till the final buzzer, he usually ends up behind on the scorecards. Maybe he isn’t used to guys having sufficient cardio to deal with his pace, or maybe it’s something else, but nevertheless this is a tendency that Wood can exploit if he is smart. Wood lands more on average than Kenney and has the ability to mix it up with takedowns and submission attempts. He might not have the chain-wrestling of Merab, but on the feet I feel Wood is the superior fighter.

The little amount of time that Kenney has had to prepare specifically for Wood also worries me a little bit. However, it could also end up being an advantage for him, so I won’t dwell on the effects of that too much for this prediction. Instead, I will focus on the fact that Wood has very fluid striking. Wood’s 80% takedown defense will also do him good in this fight, and I feel he might also have the edge on the ground here. Kenney doesn’t have the power to exploit Wood’s striking defense, so I feel Wood will be able to walk forward without too much concern.

Prediction: Nathaniel Wood via UD.