In the electrifying world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), where strength, skill, and strategy collide, there’s a rising star who’s not only making waves in the octagon but also breaking down barriers beyond it. Meet Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood, a UFC fighter whose journey is not just about conquering opponents but also about overcoming personal challenges, including his battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety.



Nathaniel sat down with Sky sports to talk about how his diagnosis has affected him personally and how he uses aspects of OCD to his advantage in and outside of the UFC Octagon



Nathaniel Wood’s story is one of resilience, determination, and triumph over adversity. Despite facing the daunting challenges that OCD presents, he has emerged as a shining example of how mental health struggles can be turned into sources of strength.



Living with OCD is no easy feat, especially for someone whose profession demands unwavering focus, discipline, and mental fortitude like that of a combat sports athlete. However, Nathaniel’s journey teaches us that mental health challenges do not define us—they are merely obstacles to be overcome on the path to greatness.



For Nathaniel, OCD manifests as intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that can be overwhelming at times. But instead of letting these challenges hold him back, he has learned to harness them to his advantage. By channeling his obsessive tendencies into his training regimen and fight preparation, Nathaniel has honed his focus and attention to detail, giving him a competitive edge in the Octagon.


In a sport where the margin between victory and defeat is razor-thin, Nathaniel’s ability to embrace his mental health struggles and use them as a catalyst for growth sets him apart. His journey reminds us that strength comes in many forms, and sometimes, our greatest challenges can become our greatest assets.


Nathaniel’s story also serves as a powerful reminder of the prevalence of mental health issues within the MMA community. While the world often sees fighters as fearless warriors, the reality is that they are human beings with their own fears, doubts, and insecurities. By sharing his story, Nathaniel helps break down the stigma surrounding mental health in combat sports and encourages others to seek help and support when needed.



Nathaniel Wood  isnt just a ‘fighter’ He is an entrepreneur with Prospect Apparel & his online training system Prospect Academy. Wood is also a animal welfare ambassador, husband and soon to be father. Even with all of these responsibilities, he still has time to nip over to Wales to compete and win against Alex Caceres last weekend for Polaris 27.


With the win came the spoils in the form of being awarded the second blackbelt under head grappling coach Ashleigh “White Wolf” Grimshaw. Ash has not only been pivotal in the development of Nathaniel’s BJJ journey, but has developed a grappling system that directly translates into MMA.


Along with head coach Brad “One Punch” GBTT’s “Number 1 Coach” can be seen on the mats every weekday, helping develop the current and next generation of combat sports athletes. His classes have gained a rabid following for a reason!