Mark Godbeer BKB Debut, Exposing Mickey Parker’s Fight Style
Mark Godbeer on BKB Debut, Exposing Mickey Parker’s “One Dimensional” Fight Style
If BKB 16 wasn’t stacked enough, the March 30th fight card in addition to featuring Brad Pickett, the Prize Fighter tournament semi-finals, and much more, former UFC, Bellator and BAMMA veteran, Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer (0-0 in BKB) will face off with Mickey Parker (4-1), who will bring the greater bare knuckle boxing experience.
Born in Taunton, England, now age 35, Godbeer made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2009 where he would TKO his opponent Sam Hooker, which was the start of a seven-fight win streak. Following a loss to Dmitriy Sosnovskiy at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov in 2018, Mark would announce his retirement. Little did anyone know, it would only be a short time away from competition, as he’s not only still competing in MMA, but also bare knuckle combat. A rather short retirement for the incredibly busy England native.
After his retirement, which again came to an end in a hurry, Godbeer was drawn in by bare knuckle boxing, BKB™ more specifically because it’s close to home and the pure rawness of the newly legalized sport. A boxer, Godbeer says this sport is his “bread and butter”, but well aware the difference between fighting with 4oz gloves and with nothing but hand wraps.
“BKB is something that has this raw fighting image for me… I,t for me is the ultimate settler. Two men, no gloves, stood toe to toe with only one winner. I fought in 4oz gloves for 10 years as a pro, I think knock out wise that gives you the advantage as you aren’t worried about what and when you throw your punches. The early UFC days can verify this as KO's went up 80% after they brought in the small mitts, but BKB is different. These punches are sharp, they hurt and cut bad so both have their advantages and disadvantages. BKB just appeals to me so much, I grew up on a rough estate where fighting was just a way of gaining respect. Plus, it's still boxing, and boxing is my bread and butter. With all my disciplines I've had 26 fights out 22 wins 19 come via knockout with my hands.”
March 30th ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer will be making his BKB debut at the London O2, and while he is back to competing in MMA, this isn’t a one-and-done deal for him.
“Yes of course I see future fights for BKB™, like I said it's the ultimate straightener. I'm a man's man, not this new age gym buff, and yes I have a fight already booked for one of the biggest Russian promotions in MMA after my next fight, but one step at a time.”
Less than one month after his fight with Parker, Godbeer will compete at ACA 95 on April 27th, squaring off against Bilostenniy in a heavyweight contest.
Like Godbeer said, this is “one step at a time”, and overlooking an up-and-coming opponent can be very dangerous, which we’ve seen in combat sports before, it be in boxing, MMA, etc. Mark is well aware of the task at hand, having fought men like Parker for 10-years, it seems as though the number one goal is to not fall into his “one dimensional” game plan.
“Mickey Parker, what can I say. Game, tough, comes forward. He fights every fight the same. Like a wrestler would standing up in MMA. Pushes you against the ropes and wears you down. I fought guys like this for ten years. The mistake other people make is they get dragged into his game! Boxing or not, I'm a vet of combat sports, be nice to see where he goes after his one dimensional plan doesn't work.”
With fight night just weeks away, Godbeer gave a very simple statement in regards to what the fans can expect of him come March 30TH…
“You’re going to see an MMA fighter box, and box with class”
As confident as ever, Mark took just the right amount of time away from competing, but says while he was using his short retirement time to be with his daughter’s, he was never far away from the fight game.
“I have three kids and a wife, they keep me on my toes. My daughter's love their horses [and other animals], so I try to get involved with that as much as possible. I'm never too far away from the fight game”
Though on record he’s coming off of a loss, Godbeer is looking to upset any doubters ahead of his BKB debut. Now 10-years later, he will rematch Mickey Parker, only this time in front of 2600 fans at the O2, and available to millions watching at home all over the world, especially with the promotion recently signing a deal with FOX Sports Asia and Virgin Media.
Also available on Fite tv and Sky tv, don’t miss Mickey Parker welcome Mark Godbeer to the BKB™ ring on March 30th, where ‘The Hand Of’ will look to make quick work of his opponent, leaving fresh and focused for his ACA bout and next chapter of his bare knuckle boxing adventure.
(Photo credit: MMAJunkie)