Mark Godbeer was in the locker room preparing to fight Walt Harris in the UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC 216 preliminary card, but then something happened.
Fate would rear its ugly head when a heavyweight division fight between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis was canned after Lewis suffered a back injury.
The UFC was short on options and wound up placing Godbeer’s UFC 216 opponent in Harris against the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then, with nobody left to fight, it was Godbeer who had to also be pulled from the card just hours before he was set to step foot inside the Octagon.
Godbeer would issue a statement of his own through Facebook on the matter:
Harris would come up short against Werdum in the heavyweight division bout, being submitted with an arm bar in just over a minute into the first round.
In his statement on Facebook, the fighter who was left off of UFC 216 said he would like to fight in New York. The next UFC event taking place in New York in UFC 217, which takes place in Madision Square Garden with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining.