Mark ‘The Hand of God” Godbeer is a UFC heavyweight fighter, aged 34 and is 6″2, weighs 244 lb (or 111kg) and is now looking to make the move down to light heavyweight for his next fight in the UFC.
His record at heavyweight is 17 fights with 13 wins, 9 by the way of knockout, 2 by submission and 1 by disqualification, 1 by decision, and 4 losses.
Hailing from Bridgewater, Somerset he has a large fan following, due to his exciting fighting style, and heart on sleeve honesty with his social media posts.
I first saw Mark fight at a local show SWFC in Torquay, Devon at the Venue nightclub, an event put on by my old gym where I used to train Fightworkx.
Mark won the fight against Frazer Opie with a guillotine choke, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
I had the chance to train at Mark’s own gym in Bridgewater a few years later. While I was there, Mark had taken a short notice fight from Bellator to fight Cheick Kongo which didn’t go his way.
But in the fight, Mark broke his foot and took it with good humour by hiring a mobility scooter and turning up to the gym like the old woman from Benidorm.
Mark is a very good coach and teacher and had a wealth of knowledge to feed his eager classes.
He then had a chance to go back t0 BAMMA and fight for the heavyweight belt, which he won against Paul Taylor in impressive style with a referee stoppage.
After some time away from the sport, Mark made his return at BAMMA where he won again to unify his heavyweight belt.
Shortly after the win and a change in management he was signed up by UFC, where he made his first appearance in Belfast, Northern Ireland at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs Hall 2 against American striker Justin Ledet, unfortunately, he lost by submission.
On his next outing, he was supposed to fight against Todd Duffee but Duffee had to pull out due to injury. So up stepped Daniel Spitz.
Mark won on the big stage in Las Vegas at UFC 209, outstriking Spitz by unanimous decision and showing what a strong striking game he has with powerful pinpoint accuracy.
Godbeer was then due to be fighting against Walt Harris in Las Vegas at UFC 216. Due to an injury to Fabricio Werdum’s opponent Derick Lewis, Harris got the call up to fight Werdum, leaving Godbeer without an opponent an no fight. Harris lost the fight with a very slick arm-bar by Werdum.
5 weeks later Mark had the rescheduled fight against Walt Harris at the iconic venue Madison Square Garden in New York.
He won the fight but not by the way he would have liked, as Harris was disqualified.
The referee tried to call a timeout for a low blow by Harris. He carried on and landed a heavy head kick on Godbeer even though the referee was pulling him back. As a result, Harris was disqualified.
In his last fight at UFC London in March, it did not go his way with an unfortunate submission to UFC newcomer Dimitri Sosnovskiy.
In the past, Mark has trained locally in Bridgewater, Somerset at All or Nothing and then down the road at the Trojan Free Fighters.
He also had some training in the USA at Matt Hume’s gym were Demetrius Johnson trains but he suffered a bad injury with a broken neck while there.
He has trained in Thailand, training at a few different gyms during his BAMMA days, and more recently where he joined the Fairtex team for his latest fight camp at their new world-class facility.
We hope to see Mark Godbeer back in the cage soon at 205 lb and he will be a big light heavyweight hopefully with a win,
Godbeer has hinted he will be fighting at the UFC event in Russia in September but nothing has been confirmed yet.
All the best Mark “The Hand of God” Godbeer!