July 2, 1987
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||73.5 in (187 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fortaleza, Ceará|
|Team||Marcio Cupim Team
|Rank||1st degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu 
Black belt in Muay Thai 
|Years active||2003, 2006-present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 has made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Brazil. He is the Featherweight runner up on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Mixed martial arts career
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
In March 2012, it was revealed that Castro was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Castro defeated Johnny Goncalves via submission in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.
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.
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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Castro faced promotional newcomer Noad Lahat on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. 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.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Featherweight Tournament Runner Up
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Noad Lahat
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||10 wins||3 losses|
|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 Mariano Bezerra||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||3||5:00||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil||Featherweight tournament final for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Kellis Santos||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Ceará Fighters 2||July 8, 2011||1||1:29||Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Leandro Tavares||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 15||March 7, 2011||1||2:03||São Benedito, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Fabio Emanuel Rodrigues||TKO (retirement)||Ceará Fighters 1||September 18, 2010||1||5:00||Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Leandro Rodrigues Pontes||Submission (punches)||Sertao Fights 1||July 3, 2010||1||3:44||Tauá, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Nino Bala||TKO (punches)||Champions Night 13||February 6, 2010||1||1:06||Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Jesse Santiago||Submission (armbar)||Rino's FC 4||September 27, 2007||1||N/A||Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||William Couto||Submission (guillotine choke)||Tridenium Combat 1||April 6, 2006||3||2:03||Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Leandro Rodrigues Pontes||Submission (armbar)||Shock FC 3||December 15, 2003||1||3:11||Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil|
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- "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro slated for UFC on FUEL TV 10". MMAJunkie.com. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Christoffer Esping (July 12, 2013). "Godofredo ‘Pepey’ Castro möter Sam Sicilia på UFC on FOX Sports 1 #3". mmanytt.se.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.