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Godofredo Castro (born July 2, 1987), better known as Godofredo Pepey, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the lightweight division of Brave Combat Federation. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Pepey has also competed in the UFC and was the Featherweight runner up on Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Godofredo Pepey
BornGodofredo Castro
(1987-07-02) July 2, 1987 (age 32)
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Other namesPepey
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Lightweight (2018-present)
Reach73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out ofFortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
TeamMarcio Cupim Team
Evolução Thai
Rank1st degree[citation needed] black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Black belt in Thai Boxing[1]
Years active2003, 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission8
By decision1
By knockout3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Pepey got his start in martial arts training alongside his brother, Godofredo Claudio, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Pepey had his first professional MMA fight in 2003, at the age of fifteen, winning the fight via submission (armbar) in the first round. Pepey took a three-year hiatus from fighting after making his debut. He returned to active competition in April 2006 with a win over William Couto via submission. Pepey took an 18-month layoff from fighting before coming back with a win over Jesse Santiago via first round submission.

After going 3-0, Pepey again took a lengthy time off from MMA competition. He took nearly three years off for the second time in his career before coming back to earn his TKO victory over Nino Bala on February 6, 2010. Pepey continued fighting regularly, earning another stoppage win on July 3, 2010 in a rematch against Leandro Rodrigues Pontes after Leandro submitted due to strikes. He fought debuting fighter, Fabio Emanuel Rodrigues, at Combat Fighters Championship 1 on September 18, 2010. Pepey dominated the fight throughout the first round, and won the fight after Rorigues did not answer for the second round. Pepey earned two more first round submission wins, bringing his record to 8-0, before trying out for the first installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In March 2012, it was revealed that Pepey was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[2] Pepey defeated Johnny Goncalves via submission in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.[3]

Pepey was selected as the sixth pick (twelfth overall) by Vitor Belfort, to be a part of Team Vitor. In the first quarter-final fight Pepey was selected to fight Wagner Campos. Pepey won via unanimous decision after two rounds.[4]

After Team Vitor went 7-1, Dana White demanded the teams being scrambled in order to make it a fair contest. Pepey was selected by Belfort to go to Team Wanderlei.[5] Pepey was selected to fight Strikeforce veteran Rodrigo Damm in the first semi-final fight. However, after the doctors removed Damm from the competition, Pepey fought Marcos Vinicius. Pepey won the fight via second round submission, advancing him to the finals of the featherweight tournament.[5]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Pepey made his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 against Rony Mariano Bezerra to determine the featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

In his second fight for the promotion, Pepey faced Milton Vieira on January 19, 2012 at UFC on FX 7. He won the fight via split decision.[7]

Pepey faced Felipe Arantes on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[8] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[9]

Pepey was expected to face Sam Sicilia on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[10] However, Sicilia pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Felipe Arantes.[11]

The bout with Sicilia eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[12] Pepey lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[13]

Pepey faced promotional newcomer Noad Lahat on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[14] He won the fight in spectacular fashion by landing a flying knee in the first round for a knockout. The win also earned Pepey his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Pepey faced Dashon Johnson at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014.[16] He won the fight via submission in the first round. This win also earned him his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[17]

Pepey faced Andre Fili on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.[18] He won the fight via submission in the first round with a triangle choke.[19] This win earned him his third straight Performance of the Night bonus award.[20]

Pepey next faced Darren Elkins on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[21] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Pepey faced Mike De La Torre on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[23] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[24]

Pepey faced Shane Burgos on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25. He lost the fight via unanimous decision with the score board of (30-26, 30-26, 29-28).[25][26]

Pepey faced Mirsad Bektić on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox 27.[27] He lost the fight via technical knock out.[28]

On April 4, 2018, it was announced Pepey left UFC after his contract expired.[29]

Post-UFC careerEdit

After leaving the UFC, Pepey fought Alex Torres at Brave CF 15 on September 7, 2018. Pepey won the fight via armbar in the first round.[30]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 4 3
By submission 9 0
By decision 1 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14-6 Alex Torres Submission (armbar) Brave CF 15 September 7, 2018 1 3:50 Bucaramanga, Colombia Return to lightweight.
Loss 13–6 Mirsad Bektić TKO (body punch) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 1 2:47 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Loss 13–5 Shane Burgos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 13–4 Mike De La Torre Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 1 3:03 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 12–4 Darren Elkins Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–3 Andre Fili Submission (flying triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 1 3:14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 11–3 Dashon Johnson Submission (triangle armbar) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski September 13, 2014 1 4:29 Brasília, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 10–3 Noad Lahat KO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 2:39 Natal, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Loss 9–3 Sam Sicilia TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 1 1:42 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 9–2 Felipe Arantes TKO (elbows and punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 1 3:32 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 9–1 Milton Vieira Decision (split) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 8–1 Rony Jason Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Lost The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Featherweight Tournament.
Win 8–0 Kelles Albuquerque Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ceará Fighters 2 July 8, 2011 1 1:29 Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
Win 7–0 Leandro Tavares Submission (armbar) Champions Night 15 March 7, 2011 1 2:03 São Benedito, Brazil
Win 6–0 Fabio Emanuel TKO (retirement) Ceará Fighters 1 September 18, 2010 1 5:00 Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
Win 5–0 Leandro Pontes TKO (body punches) Sertao Fights 1 July 3, 2010 1 3:44 Tauá, Brazil
Win 4–0 Nino Bala TKO (punches) Champions Night 13 February 6, 2010 1 1:06 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jesse Santiago Submission (armbar) Rino's FC 4 September 27, 2007 1 N/A Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 2–0 William Couto Submission (guillotine choke) Tridenium Combat 1 April 6, 2006 3 2:03 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 1–0 Leandro Pontes Submission (armbar) Shock FC 3 December 15, 2003 1 3:11 Fortaleza, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Marcos Vinicius Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil June 3, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil semifinal round.
Win 2–0 Wagner Campos Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil April 8, 2012 (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil preliminary round.
Win 1–0 Jhonny Gonçalves Submission (triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil March 25, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil elimination round.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Junior Samurai (May 30, 2012). "Who is BJJ black belt and TUF Brazil finalist Godofredo Pepey?". Gracie Mag.
  2. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Archived from the original on May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Tim Burke (2012-06-23). "UFC 147 Results: Rony Jason takes TUF Brazil title over Godofredo Pepey in dreadful fight". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  7. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-01-20). "UFC on FX 7 results: Godofredo Pepey takes controversial split vs. Milton Vieira". Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  8. ^ "Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro slated for UFC on FUEL TV 10". March 20, 2013. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-06-08). "UFC on FUEL TV 10 results: Felipe Arantes pounds out Godofredo Castro". Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  10. ^ Christoffer Esping (July 12, 2013). "Godofredo 'Pepey' Castro möter Sam Sicilia på UFC on FOX Sports 1 #3".
  11. ^ Staff (2013-07-18). "Felipe Arantes Steps in to Replace Injured Godofredo Pepey at UFC Fight Night 28 on FS1". Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  12. ^ Ivan Raupp (2013-09-12). "Duelo entre Pepey e Sam Sicilia é remarcado para o UFC em Goiânia (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  13. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-11-10). "UFC Fight Night 32 results: Sam Sicilia snaps skid, drills Godofredo Pepey". Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  14. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-02-07). "Pepey ganha nova chance no UFC e enfrenta Noad Lahat no card de Natal (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-03-23). "UFC Fight Night 38 bonuses: Henderson wins $100,000, Rua, Pepey earn $50,000". Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  16. ^ Staff (2014-07-29). "Hallmann-Tibau, Johnson-Pepey booked for UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 51 bonuses: Arlovski, Pepey, Tibau and Hallmann win $50,000 bonuses". September 13, 2014.
  18. ^ Staff (2015-01-30). "UFC Fight Night 62 adds Fili vs. Pepey". Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  19. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-03-21). "Godofredo Pepey submits Andre Fili in the first round". Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  20. ^ "UFC Fight Night 62 bonuses: Gilbert Burns, Godofredo Pepey, Kevin Souza and Fredy Serrano bank an extra $50,000 in Rio". March 22, 2015.
  21. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-04-21). "Godofredo Pepey vs. Darren Elkins added to UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago". Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  22. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-07-23). "UFC on FOX 20 results: Darren Elkins overcomes foul, beats Godofredo Pepey". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  23. ^ Staff (2016-08-13). "Injuries force several changes to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  24. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Godofredo Pepey chokes Mike De La Torre for 4th first round finish in five fights". Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  25. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-05-24). "Undefeated Shane Burgos crosses paths with Godofredo Pepey in New York" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  26. ^ "UFC on FOX 25 results: Shane Burgos unfazed by Godofredo Pepey, wins easy unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-22. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  27. ^ Théoden Janes (2017-12-20). "With new additions, UFC Fight Night Charlotte now boasts 11 bouts". Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  28. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 results: Mirsad Bektic takes out Godofredo Pepey with vicious body shot". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  29. ^ "UFC parts ways with TUF Brazil 1 finalist Godofredo Pepey". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  30. ^ Alexander K. Lee (September 10, 2018). "Missed Fists: Submissions galore from Brave CF, Shamrock FC, more".

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