Four-fight UFC veteran Mark Godbeer announces MMA retirement

Mark Godbeer is hanging up his gloves following a more than nine-year, 17-fight MMA career.

Godbeer, a British heavyweight who has made notable appearances under the UFC, Bellator and BAMMA banners, announced today that he’s ready to move on from active competition in the sport (via Facebook):

I’d like to thank you all for making the last ten years of my life an epic journey,, but now it’s time to give my time and nrg into those around me that deserve it the most starting with my girls… I have achieved everything I set out to do and more.. now it’s time to give a little back to those that gave me so much whilst supporting me… my time in the 4oz mitts are done. The screeding rails are being dusted off šŸ˜‚ On to the next journey of my life. Much love

THE HAND

Godbeer, 34, was scheduled to fight Luis Henrique at UFC Fight Night 137 this past weekend. He was attempted to make the drop to the light heavyweight division for the first time, but was forced to withdraw from the card due to injury.

Nicknamed “The Hand Of,” Godbeer did not reveal if his UFC fight Night 137 withdraw was immediately tied into his decision to retire.

With his retirement plans set, Godbeer’s final fight took place at UFC Fight Night 127 in March. He suffered a second-round submission loss to Dmitriy Sosnovskiy at the event. He also lost to Justin Ledet inside the octagon while picking up wins over Walt Harris and Daniel Spitz.

Godbeer retires from the sport having gone the distance just once in his 17 professional fights.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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