Godofredo Castro

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Godofredo Castro
Born Godofredo Castro
(1987-07-02) July 2, 1987 (age 27)
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Other names Pepey
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 73.5 in (187 cm)
Fighting out of Fortaleza, Ceará
Team Marcio Cupim Team
Evolução Thai
Rank 1st degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu [1]
Black belt in Muay Thai [1]
Years active 2003, 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 1
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Godofredo Castro (born July 2, 1987), professionally known as Godofredo Pepey, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division of the UFC. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Castro was the Featherweight runner up on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Castro got his start in martial arts training alongside his brother, Godofredo Claudio, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Castro had his first professional MMA fight in 2003, at the age of fifteen, winning the fight via submission (armbar) in the first round. Castro took a three year hiatus from fighting after making his debut. He returned to active competition in April 2006 with a win over William Couto via submission. Castro took an 18 month layoff from fighting before coming back with a win over Jesse Santiago via first round submission.

After going 3-0, Castro again took a lengthy time off from MMA competition. He took nearly three years off for the second time in his career before coming back to earn his TKO victory over Nino Bala on February 6, 2010. Castro continued fighting regularly, earning another stoppage win on July 3, 2010 in a rematch against Leandro Rodrigues Pontes after Leandro submitted due to strikes. He fought debuting fighter, Fabio Emanuel Rodrigues, at Combat Fighters Championship 1 on September 18, 2010. Castro dominated the fight throughout the first round, and won the fight after Rorigues did not answer for the second round. Castro earned two more first round submission wins, bringing his record to 8-0, before trying out for the first installment of the The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2012, it was revealed that Castro was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[2] Castro defeated Johnny Goncalves via submission in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.[3]

Castro was selected as the sixth pick (twelfth overall) by Vitor Belfort, to be a part of Team Vitor. In the first quarter-final fight Castro was selected to fight Wagner Campos. Castro won via unanimous decision after two rounds.[4]

After Team Vitor went 7-1, Dana White demanded the teams being scrambled in order to make it a fair contest. Castro was selected by Belfort to go to Team Wanderlei.[5] Castro was selected to fight Strikeforce veteran Rodrigo Damm in the first semi-final fight. However, after the doctors removed Damm from the competition, Castro fought Marcos Vinicius. Castro won the fight via second round submission, advancing him to the finals of the featherweight tournament.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Castro made his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 against Rony Mariano Bezerra to determine the featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second fight for the promotion, Castro faced Milton Vieira on January 19, 2012 at UFC on FX 7. He won the fight via split decision.

Castro faced Felipe Arantes on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[6] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Castro was expected to face Sam Sicilia on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[7] However, Sicilia pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Felipe Arantes.[8]

The bout with Sicilia eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[9] Castro lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Castro faced promotional newcomer Noad Lahat on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[10] He won the fight in spectacular fashion by landing a flying knee in the first round for a knockout. The win also earned Castro his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[11]

Castro faced Dashon Johnson at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014.[12] He won the fight via submission in the first round. This win also earned him his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–3 Dashon Johnson Submission (mounted triangle armbar) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski September 13, 2014 1 4:29 Brasília, Brazil Performance of the Night
Win 10–3 Noad Lahat KO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 2:39 Natal, Brazil Performance of the Night
Loss 9–3 Sam Sicilia TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 1 1:42 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 9–2 Felipe Arantes TKO (elbows and punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 1 3:32 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 9–1 Milton Vieira Decision (split) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 8–1 Rony Jason Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Featherweight tournament final for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
Win 8–0 Kelles Albuquerque Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ceará Fighters 2 July 8, 2011 1 1:29 Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
Win 7–0 Leandro Tavares Submission (armbar) Champions Night 15 March 7, 2011 1 2:03 São Benedito, Brazil
Win 6–0 Fabio Emanuel TKO (retirement) Ceará Fighters 1 September 18, 2010 1 5:00 Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
Win 5–0 Leandro Pontes Submission (punches) Sertao Fights 1 July 3, 2010 1 3:44 Tauá, Brazil
Win 4–0 Nino Bala TKO (punches) Champions Night 13 February 6, 2010 1 1:06 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jesse Santiago Submission (armbar) Rino's FC 4 September 27, 2007 1 N/A Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 2–0 William Couto Submission (guillotine choke) Tridenium Combat 1 April 6, 2006 3 2:03 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 1–0 Leandro Pontes Submission (armbar) Shock FC 3 December 15, 2003 1 3:11 Fortaleza, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-0 Marcos Vinicius Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil June 3, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil semifinal round.
Win 2-0 Wagner Campos Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil April 8, 2012 (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil preliminary round.
Win 1-0 Jhonny Gonçalves Submission (triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil March 25, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil elimination round.


  1. ^ a b Junior Samurai (May 30, 2012). "Who is BJJ black belt and TUF Brazil finalist Godofredo Pepey?". Gracie Mag. 
  2. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro slated for UFC on FUEL TV 10". MMAJunkie.com. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ Christoffer Esping (July 12, 2013). "Godofredo ‘Pepey’ Castro möter Sam Sicilia på UFC on FOX Sports 1 #3". mmanytt.se. 
  8. ^ Staff (2013-07-18). "Felipe Arantes Steps in to Replace Injured Godofredo Pepey at UFC Fight Night 28 on FS1". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  9. ^ Ivan Raupp (2013-09-12). "Duelo entre Pepey e Sam Sicilia é remarcado para o UFC em Goiânia (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  10. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-02-07). "Pepey ganha nova chance no UFC e enfrenta Noad Lahat no card de Natal (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-03-23). "UFC Fight Night 38 bonuses: Henderson wins $100,000, Rua, Pepey earn $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  12. ^ Staff (2014-07-29). "Hallmann-Tibau, Johnson-Pepey booked for UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night 51 bonuses: Arlovski, Pepey, Tibau and Hallmann win $50,000 bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. September 13, 2014. 

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