A heavyweight matchup between Walt Harris (10-6) and Mark Godbeer (12-3) that was originally scheduled to happen at UFC 216 earlier this month will now take place at UFC 217. Promotion officials recently announced the rebooking.
UFC 217 will be held Nov. 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Georges St-Pierre will challenge Michael Bisping for his middleweight title in the main event, while a bantamweight and women’s strawweight championship serve as co-headliners.
Harris replaced an injured Derrick Lewis against Fabricio Werdum the day of the event at UFC 216 and was quickly submitted in the first round. Now Harris will have the opportunity to fight someone more appropriate for his experience level in Godbeer.
Before the bout with Werdum, the 34-year-old Alabama native had scored back-to-back knockout victories. Harris knocked out Chase Sherman in the second round at UFC Fight Night 103 in January. Then he returned in June to stop Cyril Asker in the first round at UFC Fight Night 111. All 10 of Harris’ career victories have been by knockout.
Godbeer is coming off a unanimous decision win over Daniel Spitz at UFC 209 in March. Prior to that the former BAMMA heavyweight champion had a three-fight TKO streak snapped by Justin Ledet via submission in his UFC debut last November. Now 1-1 inside the octagon, Godbeer has finished nine of his 12 career victories via knockout and two by submission.
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