The UFC’s heavyweight ranks just got a little thinner, as Mark ‘Hand of’ Godbeer and Luis Henrique are heading south.
A pair of UFC heavyweights are exiting that division and dropping to 205lbs for a September scrap. Mark Godbeer and Luis Henrique have agreed to a bout at UFC Sao Paulo, per a report by Brazil’s Combate. The fight will take place at light heavyweight, where both men have competed previously. The Sao Paulo card, which equates to UFC Fight Night 137, takes place September 22.
Godbeer (13-4) has gone 2-2 in the UFC to date, with all four fights coming at heavyweight. The former Bellator MMA fighter and BAMMA heavyweight champion joined the promotion in 2016, losing his debut but winning his next two fights against Daniel Spitz and Walt Harris. In his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 127, Godbeer was submitted by Dmitriy Sosnovskiy.
It will have been about seven years since Mark Godbeer has had to make the 205lb limit when he hits the scales in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Godbeer’s last light heavyweight bout came in September 2011 at a regional show in Wales.
Luis Henrique (10–4 (1)) has gone 2-3 as a UFC heavyweight, and dropping two straight may have spurred on his move to light heavyweight. Losses to Marcin Tybura and Arjan Bhullar halted a two fight winning streak for the Brazilian.
UFC Sao Paulo takes place at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil on September 22. The card is expected to air on Fox Sports 1.