After a crazy weekend where their fight fell through on the day of UFC 216, it appears that Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris will still get the opportunity to go toe-to-toe in the UFC Octagon this year.
This past Saturday, Derrick Lewis pulled out of his fight with Fabricio Werdum on the morning of the event and left the Brazilian without a dance partner.
The UFC then offered the fight to Harris, who was originally scheduled to face Godbeer in the headliner of the UFC Fight Pass preliminary bouts. The American accepted the offer and Godbeer was the unlucky man left with out an opponent.
Harris was defeated by Werdum via submission in the first round, but he appeared to exit the contest having not sustained any significant damage.
Godbeer accepted the unfortunate set of circumstances in exemplary fashion and it appears he’s been rewarded by the UFC.
Today, Godbeer’s manager, Gokhan Yildizli of Duello Sports Management, confirmed to MMAUNO.com that the UFC had offered both fighters the opportunity to reschedule the fight for UFC 217 on November 4 at Madison Square Garden.
Yildizli confirmed that both camps had accepted and that he now was expecting their bout to be added to the undercard portion of the show.
Godbeer yesterday made a move to callout fellow UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee on social media. However, the UFC confirmed to Yildizli this morning that he was still sidelined with an injury.
UFC 217 is now nearing completion with 12 bouts.
Michael Bisping (c) vs. Georges St-Pierre
Cody Garbrandt (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Rose Namajunas
Stephen Thompson vs Jorge Masvidal
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
??? vs. Ion Cutelaba
Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
Mickey Gall vs. Randy Brown
James Vick vs. Joe Duffy
Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris