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Did Mark Godbeer get the better end of the UFC 216 fight cancellation after all?


On the surface, it seemed like a bad deal for Mark Godbeer.

After Derrick Lewis withdrew from his UFC 216 bout with Fabricio Werdum, the UFC tapped Walt Harris – the man originally slated to fight Godbeer – to step in as a replacement.

That left Godbeer as the lone healthy heavyweight without a fight on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But especially after seeing how Harris fared against Werdum, maybe Godbeer didn’t get such a bad deal after all.

According to a report from MMAUno.com, Godbeer says he received his full show and win money for the canceled bout. And according to a statement Godbeer posted to Facebook, he may be rebooked sooner rather than later.

Godbeer’s post seems to suggest he’ll fight at UFC 217 in New York on Nov. 4. If that’s true, he’ll end up with two paydays for one fight in the span of less than a month, which isn’t such a bad deal for an unranked heavyweight.

He also might have cause to feel like he dodged a bullet after seeing how easily Werdum dispatched Harris. The former UFC heavyweight champ needed just 65 seconds to take Harris down, take his back and finish him with an armbar.

Godbeer may not have gotten a chance to fight, but at least he got paid without having to get steamrolled by Werdum. There are worse ways for a night at a UFC event to go.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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