British Heavyweight Mark Godbeer has a new opponent for UFC London.
Former BAMMA Heavyweight champion Godbeer was originally scheduled to face off against heavy hitting Ukrainian Dmitry Poberezhets in London. Today, Godbeer announced via his instagram feed that there had been a change of plans and he would now be facing undefeated Russian heavyweight, Dmitriy Sosnovskiy. Sosnovsky ,is a dangerous striker who holds a perfect MMA record of 10-0 with six of those wins coming via first round knockout and will be making his UFC debut at the London event.
Announcing the change, Godbeer said the following;
“Change of plan new contract new opponent, I will now be facing hard hitting Russian hw Dmitry Sosnovskiy An undefeated Russian at 10-0, we don’t pick fights we just fight”
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Change of plan new contract new opponent, I will now be facing hard hitting Russian hw Dmitry sosnovskiy An undefeated Russian at 10-0, we don't pick fights we just fight #TeamFairtex #UFC #London #MMA #PoweredByBooster #Fairtex #FairtexTrainingCenter #ApaksWarriros #Reebok #UFC25Years #DuelloSportsManagement 🇬🇧 #Reebok #Thailand #Pattaya #UK
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There has been no news regarding why the change has taken place but the new match up promises to be an intriguing bout.
So who is Dmitry “Wicked Machine” Sosnovskiy?
While Sosnovskiy has a perfect record and a history of knockouts, his last professional fight was almost 3 years ago in May 2015. Taking a look at his record, the only opponent of note that he has faced is Aleksander Emelianenko who he dispatched inside two minutes back in 2014. Signed by the UFC in 2016, Sosnovskiy was booked to make his debut against Justin Ledet at UFC Fight Night 104 but the fight was removed from the card with Ledet being flagged by USADA for a potential violation. The fight was then rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 116 but again fell through, this time with Sosnovskiy picking up an injury. It would appear the stage is now set for him to finally make his debut.
Godbeer is riding a two fight win streak with his last fight against Walt Harris ending in controversial circumstances. Harris found himself disqualified after throwing and landing a head kick after the referee paused the fight due to a low blow. After losing the fight, Harris filed an appeal to have the result over turned claiming that both he and the fans had been cheated. There were reports after the event that both fighters had engaged in a heated exchange back stage. Should Godbeer emerge victorious against the American Top Team trained Sosnovskiy, a rematch with Harris to settle the bad blood which has been brewing between them would surely be the next fight to make.