Zach Makovsky

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Zach Makovsky
BornZachory Makovsky
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 31)
Atlanta, Georgia
Other namesFun Size
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight (formerly)
TeamTeam Extreme
RankNCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins17
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision10
Losses4
By submission3
By decision1
UniversityDrexel University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Zach Makovsky
BornZachory Makovsky
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 31)
Atlanta, Georgia
Other namesFun Size
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight (formerly)
TeamTeam Extreme
RankNCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins17
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision10
Losses4
By submission3
By decision1
UniversityDrexel University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Zach Makovsky
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Grappling
World Championships
Bronze2010 Cracow-60 kg (no-gi)
Gold2010 Cracow-60 kg (gi)
Gold2009 Fort Lauderdale-60 kg (no-gi)

Zachory "Zach" Makovsky is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Flyweight division. He has competed in EliteXC, ShoXC, and Bellator, and is the former Bellator Bantamweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Makovsky was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania along with his sister. Makovsky began wrestling when he was six years old and excelled in youth and middle school programs before attending Bethlehem Catholic High School were he was a four year varsity letterman and the captain for his senior season. Makovsky then attended Drexel University, and was a walk on for the wrestling team. After redshirting his first season, he went on to be a four year varsity letterman and captain of the team for his senior season. During the off-season, Makovsky trained in mixed martial arts, met Eddie Alvarez, and competed in many grappling tournaments. Makovsky's overall grappling record is 65-7.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Makovsky began his mixed martial arts career in small shows based in New Jersey, United States. He compiled a 3–0 record, with each victory coming via decision (two via unanimous decision and one via split decision).

EliteXC[edit]

Makovsky then joined EliteXC and made his promotional debut at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series in January 2008. His opponent was two-time Bellator Featherweight Tournament participant Wilson Reis. Early in the second round, Reis defeated Makovsky via submission (arm-triangle choke).

Makovsky returned in May 2008, at EliteXC: Primetime to face Andre Soares. After three rounds, Makovsky was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

EliteXC then dissolved and Makovsky fought two bouts in New Jersey, winning both via rear-naked choke submission.

Makovsky then fought his first fight abroad, in Tokyo, Japan, against Toshiaki Kitada. Makovsky was submitted with a rear-naked choke submission late in the first round.[2]

In his final pre-Bellator fight, Makovsky was part of the M-1 Selection in the Americas. He defeated Josh Rave via technical submission (guillotine choke) after controlling the bout with effective takedowns and wrestling.[3]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Makovsky debuted for the Bellator promotion at Bellator 21 against Eric Luke. Late in the second round, Makovsky forced Luke to tap out to a kimura. As a result of that victory, Makovsky was signed to take part in the Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament.[4]

At Bellator 27, Makovsky defeated Nick Mamalis via unanimous decision. The win moved Makovsky into the semi-final round.[5]

There, Makovsky faced Bryan Goldsby. Makovsky used his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to frustrate Goldsby and claimed a unanimous decision victory.[6]

In the tournament final, Makovsky faced Ed West. Makovsky also fell to a kimura early in the matchup and a knee that knocked him down in the opening seconds. However, Makovsky came back and controlled the fight to take a unanimous decision and become the inaugural Bellator Bantamweight Champion.[7]

Makovsky next faced undefeated Chad Robichaux at Bellator 41 in a non-title fight.[8] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.

Makovsky fought in his second non-title fight at Bellator 54. He faced one-time UFC competitor Ryan Roberts[9] and won via submission in the first round.

Makovsky attempted to make his first title defense against Season 5 bantamweight tournament winner Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65 in Atlantic City on April 13, 2012.[10] He lost via second round technical submission due to an arm triangle choke.

Makovsky attempted to get back into the win column when he took on Anthony Leone, but lost the fight by controversial split decision. After two consecutive losses, Makovsky was released from the promotion.

Cage Fury[edit]

On May 11, 2013 Makovsky made his flyweight debut for Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Makovsky defeated fellow Bellator veteran Claudio Ledesma via unanimous decision.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance[edit]

On November 22, 2013 Makovsky made his debut for RFA against Matt Manzanares for the vacant Flyweight Championship. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On December 4, 2013, it was announced that Makovsky had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, stepping in to replace an injured John Dodson against Scott Jorgensen at UFC on Fox 9.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win17–4Scott JorgensenDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2December 14, 201335:00Sacramento, California, United StatesUFC Debut
Win16–4Matt ManzanaresDecision (unanimous)RFA 11November 22, 201355:00Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesWon vacant RFA Flyweight Championship
Win15–4Claudio LedesmaDecision (unanimous)CFFC 24May 11, 201335:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesFlyweight debut
Loss14–4Anthony LeoneDecision (split)Bellator LXXXIIIDecember 7, 201235:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss14–3Eduardo DantasTechnical Submission (arm triangle choke)Bellator LXVApril 13, 201223:26Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesLost Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Win14–2Ryan RobertsSubmission (north/south choke)Bellator 54October 15, 201114:48Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesNon-title fight
Win13–2Chad RobichauxTKO (punches)Bellator 41April 16, 201132:02Yuma, Arizona, United StatesNon-title fight
Win12–2Ed WestDecision (unanimous)Bellator 32October 14, 201055:00Kansas City, Missouri, United StatesBellator Season Three Bantamweight Final; Became Bellator Bantamweight Champion.
Win11–2Bryan GoldsbyDecision (unanimous)Bellator 30September 23, 201035:00Louisville, Kentucky, United StatesBellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal
Win10–2Nick MamalisDecision (unanimous)Bellator 27September 2, 201035:00San Antonio, Texas, United StatesBellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win9–2Eric LukeSubmission (kimura)Bellator 21June 10, 201024:28Hollywood, Florida, United StatesQualified for the Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament
Win8–2Josh RaveTechnical Submission (guillotine choke)M-1 Selection 2010: The Americas Round 1April 3, 201031:49Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win7–2David HarrisSubmission (triangle choke)Adrenaline: New BreedFebruary 26, 201011:50Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss6–2Toshiaki KitadaSubmission (rear-naked choke)Deep: 43 ImpactAugust 23, 200914:22Tokyo, Japan
Win6–1Nate WilliamsSubmission (rear-naked choke)WCA: Caged CombatJune 6, 200932:33Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5–1Justin RobbinsSubmission (rear-naked choke)Extreme Challenge: The War at the ShoreJanuary 26, 200921:05Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win4–1Andre SoaresDecision (unanimous)EliteXC: PrimetimeMay 31, 200835:00Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss3–1Wilson ReisSubmission (arm-triangle choke)ShoXCJanuary 25, 200821:15Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win3–0Emerson SouzaDecision (unanimous)CITC: Fearless Fighters ReturnOctober 6, 200735:00Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win2–0Leandro EscobarDecision (split)Extreme Challenge 75March 23, 200735:00Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win1–0Tinh TupyDecision (unanimous)CITC: EvolutionsDecember 9, 200635:00Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States

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