People around the world woke up to the devastating news this morning about the tragic events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.
Latest reports show that at least 58 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert which took place in close proximity to where the media tent for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight was located in late August.
UFC 216 is set to take place this Saturday evening and one of the men set to feature is British heavyweight, Mark Godbeer. Speaking exclusively to MMAUNO.com this evening, Godbeer expressed his shock at the events that have unfolded today.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Godbeer said. “When I saw what had happened this morning I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. No one seemed to know what was going on. The media was all over the place and they didn’t seem to know what was going on. The whole thing has just thrown me right off to be honest.
“I genuinely don’t know what to say about it all.”
“I was worried about it [UFC 216] being cancelled, but I didn’t want to be selfish because I know there are some people in far more serious circumstances than I am right now. I just feel so bad for everyone who has their loved ones involved. It’s hard to think about, it’s hard to talk about and It’s one of the worst things that can happen to anyone.
“I’m still in shock about everything to be honest.”
Godbeer takes on Walt Harris on Saturday night in what will be his third fight under the UFC banner. His plan remains to fly to Las Vegas tomorrow, but it’s his manager who has been in dialogue with the UFC today.
“My manager is in close contact with the UFC right now,” Godbeer said. “I think it’s one of those situations right now where everyone is just like what the hell is going on.
“You can’t prepare for something like this, not even if your a big company like UFC.”
“I’ve watched the news this morning and I’m trying my hardest just to focus. Today was my last day training so there was a point today where I just had to switch everything off and just get everything done. I know that sounds selfish, but I have to carry on like the fight is still going ahead. It’s just a crazy situation and I can’t find words to describe what I’m feeling. I fly to Las Vegas tomorrow. I think all the flights are still going ahead. I’m in such a good place apart from all this.
“I know I need to go there and focus on the job at hand, but it’s hard when there’s been such devastation.”
Hearts, prayers and minds of everyone at MMAUNO are with the people of Las Vegas at this time.