Godbeer-Harris rebooked for UFC 217, Hendricks-Borrachinha rounds out main card

A heavyweight matchup expected to take place at UFC 216 has been booked again for UFC 217, instead.

UFC officials today announced that Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris fill face off on the FS1-televised prelims of next month’s UFC 217 event, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With the new contest, a middleweight matchup between Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) and Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been moved up to the evening’s pay-per-view main card.

Godbeer and Harris were slated to meet at this past weekend’s UFC 216 before a Derrick Lewis back injury flared up the day of the contest, and Harris was plucked from the prelim bout and placed into a main card matchup with top contender Fabricio Werdum, who needed just 65 seconds to finish the fight via armbar.

Hendricks will look to untie the 1-1 record that he’s amassed since moving up to the UFC’s middleweight division. After a decision win over Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105, Hendricks was knocked out by Tim Boetsch in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 112 encounter.

Borrachinha, in turn, comes impressive off back-to-back UFC wins – which cap off an undefeated professional record. The 25-year-old fighter followed a quick knockout over Garreth McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 106, with another TKO, this time over Oluwale Bamgbose, at June’s UFC 212. He has finished all of his fights to date.

The full UFC 217 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee, Ray Borg and UFC 216's losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 216’s winning fighters?)

UFC 216 will go down as event to forget for some, because all four main card losers were put away in the distance on the pay-per-view lineup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the opening between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush went to a draw, each subsequent fight saw the loser forced to tap out, including Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in his interim lightweight title headlining bout with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) as well Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in his first UFC title bout with Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC).

Prior to the championship bouts, Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were put away by there respective opponents in less than three minutes each.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 216’s losing fighters.

* * * *

Kalindra Faria

Should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member
Why they should fight: Faria’s UFC debut came under less than ideal circumstances. After being booked or short notice then having her opponent switched on even shorter notice, the Brazilian fell short against Mara Romero Borella with a first-round submission loss.

Faria is one of the most established veterans of the women’s flyweight division, and although the UFC debut didn’t go her way, she’s still a promising member of the organization’s newest weight class.

The Brazilian would have liked her octagon career to begin under better circumstances, but Faria will certainly get another chance to prove herself. The infancy of the 125-pound division makes it difficult to judge who her next fight should be, but a matchup with someone who does well on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the division’s inaugural champion, would be fitting.

Walt Harris

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: Opportunity knocked and Harris answered, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to charge through the door. After Derrick Lewis fell off the card just before it was scheduled to begin, Harris stepped in to take on a huge task in Fabricio Werdum. To the surprise of almost no one, it didn’t go his way.

Harris had never fought anyone close to Werdum’s caliber, and it showed. He was quickly taken down and submitted within 65 seconds. Instead of getting down on a high-profile loss, though, “The Big Ticket” took it all as a learning experience to get better.

Before the last-minute scramble Harris was booked to fight Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the card. It would be fair to both sides to put that matchup back together considering both men put in an entire training camp for each other but never got to put it to use.

Ray Borg

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Borg should fight Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should rematch Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

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

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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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So, can Walt Harris get back his UFC 216 pay-per-view main-card slot?

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Walt Harris has a simple request wish for UFC officials: give him back his spot back on Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-view main card.

Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who’s going for his third straight win, meets fellow heavyweight Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

When the fight card’s order was initially finalized, Harris, a 34-year-old who’s in his second UFC stint, was slated to kick off the main card. Heavyweights don’t always get placed in that high-profile slot – why kick off a $60 PPV with a potentially slow and sloppy heavyweight bout, after all? – but Harris and Godbeer have combined for 19 knockouts in 22 combined wins. In fact, all of Harris’ victories are knockouts.

So, based on those past results, the fight is likely to produce some fireworks.

However, when the UFC added a second title fight to the card – a rescheduled UFC 215 meeting between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) and Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) – Harris and Godbeer were demoted to the prelims with a featured slot on the night’s UFC Fight Pass portion of the card.

Yet, they could move again following the recent cancellation of two female bouts (Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant and then Andrea Lee vs. Kalindra Faria) that were slated for the main card. At least, that’s Harris’ hope.

“Well, from what I understood before Demetrious and Ray Borg (were added to UFC 216), I was on the main card,” Harris told MMAjunkie Radio. “So I don’t know where I am now. I know I went down (the card) when they added them back.

“So I don’t know, man. I’m down for it. I want a main-card fight because I’m looking to fight the best guys and (with) the best opportunities and best situations. … I want to beat (Godbeer) and then start going for the top-15, top-10 guys. I think that would be the perfect catapult for me – to get a main-card fight and get more exposure to show the world what I’ve been working on.”

Harris went 0-2 in his first UFC stint before rebounding with a Titan FC victory over well-traveled vet D.J. Linderman and earning a quick invitation back to the octagon. He thanks a stable of American Top Team regulars – Din Thomas, coach Conan Silveira and “best friend” Charles Rosa – for keeping him motivated and confident that he’s UFC-caliber, even when the former collegiate basketball player went bust in his first UFC run.

Harris is now 3-2 in his current stint – and he’s won two straight and three of his past four. So, what changed?

“In my first stint, it was kind overwhelming,” he said. “When you work so hard for something and you finally achieve it and it’s happening so fast, it can take you by surprise. And I think that’s kind of what happened to me.

“And I’ve also grown. I’ve matured. I’ve learned how to be a pro, how to train like a pro, how to live like a pro. So I think that’s all contributed to my success here lately in the octagon. I’m just trying to keep that mindset, that mind frame and keep winning and doing my thing.”

Now, he’s just hoping a PPV audience can see the new Walt Harris.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Has social-media stud Chase Sherman entertained you?

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Chase Sherman has embraced social media and put himself out there for MMA fans. He’s learned it can be a double-edged sword.

Sherman has become a must-follow on Twitter (he’s at @chaseshermanufc). He’s got jokes. He’s got tweets. Memes. Contests. Photoshops.

I mean, check out a sampling:

Sherman’s social-media efforts have really been kicked up a notch in the past few months, so heading into Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event, he knew some eyes were on him. He can entertain fans in 140 characters, but if he didn’t also entertain them in the cage, he knew the support could disappear.

“It almost seemed like I had a little more pressure this time than last time because I don’t want to let my fans down,” he said. “They invest a lot in me, and they’re constantly watching.”

Luckily for Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), his supporters were rewarded. Fighting on network TV – a FOX-televised preliminary-card bout at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. – he scored a dominant decision victory over Damian Grabowski (20-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC).

“I always want to prove them right,” he said of his growing legion of supporters. “I always want to make them proud, make my family proud, make my friends proud. So there’s a little more pressure there because I told myself I’d much rather just go 0-3 and completely fail at it than be a one-hit wonder – to get that little bit of fame and then fizzle out and no one remember who you are.”

The 27-year-old, who went 9-1 on the regional circuit with nine knockout victories, then joined the UFC and promptly suffered losses to Justin Ledet and Walt Harris. However, with a current winning streak that includes a knockout of Rashad Coulter and the decision victory over Grabowski, he’s now looking to move up the ranks – and a fight with Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) would do just fine, he said.

“We’ve got two (UFC wins) under the belt,” he said. “Let’s go for three and evaluate the top 15 and see where we’re at.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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