July 2, 1987
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 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), better 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, Pepey was the Featherweight runner up on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Mixed martial arts career
Pepey got his start in martial arts training alongside his brother, Godofredo Claudio, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Pepey had his first professional MMA fight in 2003, at the age of fifteen, winning the fight via submission (armbar) in the first round. Pepey 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. Pepey took an 18 month layoff from fighting before coming back with a win over Jesse Santiago via first round submission.
After going 3-0, Pepey 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. Pepey 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. Pepey dominated the fight throughout the first round, and won the fight after Rorigues did not answer for the second round. Pepey 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 Pepey was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Pepey defeated Johnny Goncalves via submission in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.
Pepey was selected as the sixth pick (twelfth overall) by Vitor Belfort, to be a part of Team Vitor. In the first quarter-final fight Pepey was selected to fight Wagner Campos. Pepey 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. Pepey was selected by Belfort to go to Team Wanderlei. Pepey was selected to fight Strikeforce veteran Rodrigo Damm in the first semi-final fight. However, after the doctors removed Damm from the competition, Pepey fought Marcos Vinicius. Pepey won the fight via second round submission, advancing him to the finals of the featherweight tournament.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pepey 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 Pepey his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Pepey faced Dashon Johnson at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014. He won the fight via submission in the first round. This win also earned him his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.
Pepey faced Andre Fili on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. He won the fight via submission in the first round with a triangle choke. This win earned him his third straight Performance of the Night bonus award.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Win||12–3||Andre Fili||Submission (flying triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||March 21, 2015||1||3:14||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|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 Mariano Bezerra||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||3||5:00||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Featherweight Tournament final.|
|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
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|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.|
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- "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.
- Staff (2014-07-29). "Hallmann-Tibau, Johnson-Pepey booked for UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- "UFC Fight Night 51 bonuses: Arlovski, Pepey, Tibau and Hallmann win $50,000 bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. September 13, 2014.
- Staff (2015-01-30). "UFC Fight Night 62 adds Fili vs. Pepey". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- Elias Cepeda (2015-03-21). "Godofredo Pepey submits Andre Fili in the first round". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
- "UFC Fight Night 62 bonuses: Gilbert Burns, Godofredo Pepey, Kevin Souza and Fredy Serrano bank an extra $50,000 in Rio". mmamania.com. March 22, 2015.