UFC’s reigning middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC), is very active across social media. Recently on his Youtube channel, “Stylebender” sang the praises of Cage Warriors champion Dominique Wooding.
Just to add context, in the linked video, “Stylebender” breaks down this weekend’s UFC 274 pay per view among other topics. One of these topics was the question: “Which fighters from other promotions do you want to see in the UFC?” Adesanya’s answer was prompt. Not only did he name who he had in mind, but explained WHY he would succeed under the UFC’s banner.
Just to add context, in the linked video, “Stylebender” breaks down this weekend’s UFC 274 pay per view, among other topics. One of these topics was the question: “Which fighters from other promotions do you want to see in the UFC?” Adesanya’s answer was prompt. Not only did he name whom he had in mind, but he explained WHY he would succeed under the UFC’s banner.
Dominique Wooding and His Career So Far
Dominique Wooding (9-4 MMA, 3-0 Cage Warriors) seems to be on a career-best run right now. After going 1-2 in Bellator and dropping two decision losses, Wooding has rebounded with three straight finishes and a belt to boot. Wooding successfully defended his hard-earned belt in December with a short night at the office, finishing his opponent with a stunning overhand right and flying knee. However, it is unlikely that Cage Warriors will be Wooding’s home for long.
The champ has repeatedly called to be signed by the UFC since his last win. In his current form, it is getting hard to deny him. With the promotion’s return to London in July, could we possibly see the “Black Panther” put on a show in the octagon? Time will tell if he is on that card, but you can certainly imagine he’ll be signed before long.
What Is Next?
Wooding holds in some of Europe’s biggest promotions; the next step is to go global. UFC would provide that opportunity, and given that bantamweight is a murderer’s row, Wooding would fit right in with the wolves. Potential matchups for him include Cameron Else (10-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC), among a host of others. It will surely be interesting to see how his style lines up with others in the division and how his debut will come.
Given the fact that Israel Adesanya has taken notice, he is certainly doing all the right things. There is no doubt that Wooding can continue his form, but which banner will be his next?
How far do you think Dom Wooding can go? If all goes well, we will be seeing him mix it up with the best in the world very soon.
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