22 November 1983
|Nickname(s)||The Hand Of|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||244.0 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Bridgwater, England|
|Team||Scottish Hit Squad|
|Years active||2009–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: 9 February 2017
Mark Godbeer (born 22 November 1983) is an English mixed martial artist currently competing in the light heavyweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2009, he formerly competed for Bellator MMA and BAMMA, and was the BAMMA Heavyweight Champion.
Starting training in MMA relatively late at the age of 25, Godbeer originally ran his own plastering business before focusing on mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Godbeer made his professional MMA debut on 7 August 2009 with a TKO victory over Sam Hooker. While fighting for numerous regional promotions, he amassed a record of 7-1 with all victories coming by way of knockout or submission. Following this, he was signed by BAMMA in 2012 to compete in their heavyweight division.
BAMMA and Bellator MMA
Between March 2012 and May 2016, Godbeer would remain undefeated in the BAMMA cage. During this time, he also signed on with Bellator MMA and would make a single appearance for the promotion, facing notable heavyweight Cheick Kongo on 4 October 2013 at Bellator 102. Following that loss, Godbeer would claim three straight victories in BAMMA, including winning the heavyweight title against Paul Taylor on 13 June 2015. During this run he would announce a brief retirement from MMA due to injury, but ended that retirement in May 2016 to defend the BAMMA heavyweight title.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Godbeer was expected to face Todd Duffee on 4 March 2017, at UFC 209. However, Duffee pulled out of the fight in mid-February for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Daniel Spitz. Godbeer got his first ufc win under coach Brian Martin Gallacher and the Scottish hit squad team by unanimous decision.
Godbeer was expected to face Walt Harris on 7 October 2017 at UFC 216 before a fight-day injury to Derrick Lewis took him out of his scheduled fight with Fabricio Werdum. As a result, Harris was moved on to face Werdum, and Godbeer was pulled from the event.
The bout with Harris was rescheduled for 4 November 2017 at UFC 217. Godbeer won the fight via disqualification after Harris hit Godbeer with a head kick following the referee called a time out due to a groin strike.
Godbeer was expected to face promotional newcomer Dmitry Poberezhets on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127. However, it was announced on 25 January 2018 Poberezhets was injured and he was replaced by Dmitriy Sosnovskiy. Godbeer lost the fight via submission in the second round.
Godbeer was briefly scheduled to face Luis Henrique in his return to light heavyweight division on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137. However, Godbeer pulled out of the fight in early August citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Ryan Spann.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- BAMMA heavyweight Championship (1X)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||13–4||Dmitriy Sosnovskiy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||17 March 2018||2||4:29||London, England|
|Win||13–3||Walt Harris||DQ (illegal head kick)||UFC 217||4 November 2017||1||4:29||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||12–3||Daniel Spitz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 209||4 March 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Justin Ledet||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2||19 November 2016||1||2:16||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||11–2||Stuart Austin||TKO (punches)||BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion||14 May 2016||2||1:24||Birmingham, England||Defended the BAMMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–2||Paul Taylor||TKO (retirement)||BAMMA 21: DeVent vs. Kone||13 June 2015||2||4:43||Birmingham, England||Won the BAMMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–2||Thomas Denham||TKO (punches)||BAMMA 19: Petley vs. Stapleton||28 March 2015||1||1:33||Blackpool, England|
|Loss||8–2||Cheick Kongo||TKO (knees and punches)||Bellator 102||4 October 2013||2||2:04||Visalia, California, United States||Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||8–1||Catalin Zmarandescu||TKO (corner stoppage)||BAMMA 9: Watson vs. Marshman||24 March 2012||1||5:00||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||7–1||Anthony Taylor||TKO (punches)||Supremacy Fight Challenge 4||20 November 2011||2||1:22||Gateshead, England|
|Win||7–0||Tomas Vaicickas||TKO (punches)||Pain Pit Fight Night 1||3 September 2011||1||0:19||Newport, Wales||Light heavyweight bout.|
|Win||6–0||Malik Merad||Submission (guillotine choke)||Head to Head: The Big Guns||21 November 2010||2||3:00||North Petherton, England|
|Win||5–0||Chris Konieczny||TKO (body kick and punches)||Tear Up 4: Clash of the Giants||2 October 2010||2||0:46||Bristol, England|
|Win||4–0||Fraser Opie||Submission (guillotine choke)||South West FC 1||22 August 2010||1||3:26||Torquay England|
|Win||3–0||Paul Pestell||TKO (punches)||All or Nothing: Head to Head||5 June 2010||1||1:00||Bridgwater, England|
|Win||2–0||Ibrar Malik||TKO (punches)||Bristol Fight Club: Fight Night||8 March 2010||2||2:20||South Gloucestershire, England|
|Win||1–0||Sam Hooker||TKO (punches)||KnuckleUp MMA 2: Beer vs. Jazbutis||9 August 2009||2||0:00||Wells, England|
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