Zach Makovsky

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Zach Makovsky
Born Zachary Paul Makovsky
(1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 31)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Other names Fun Size
Residence Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight
Bantamweight (formerly)
Reach 66.5 in (169 cm)
Fighting out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Team Team Extreme
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia[2]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 18
By knockout 1
By submission 6
By decision 11
Losses 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
University Drexel University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Zach Makovsky
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Grappling
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Cracow -60 kg (no-gi)
Gold 2010 Cracow -60 kg (gi)
Gold 2009 Fort Lauderdale -60 kg (no-gi)

Zachary Paul "Zach" Makovsky[3] is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has competed in EliteXC, ShoXC, and Bellator, and is the former Bellator Bantamweight Champion. As of July 22, 2014, he is #9 in official UFC flyweight rankings.[4]

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.[5]

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 André 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

At Bellator 27, Makovsky defeated Nick Mamalis via unanimous decision. The win moved Makovsky into the semi-final round.[9]

There, Makovsky faced Bryan Goldsby. Makovsky used his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to frustrate Goldsby and claimed a unanimous decision victory.[10]

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.[11]

Makovsky next faced undefeated Chad Robichaux at Bellator 41 in a non-title fight.[12] 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[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

For his second UFC fight, Makovsky made a quick return to the Octagon as he faced Josh Sampo at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Makovsky was expected to face Jussier Formiga on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[17] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Formiga/Makovsky was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[18] Makovsky lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Makovsky is expected to face Tim Elliott on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 60.[19]

Championships[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–5 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 3 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Win 18–4 Josh Sampo Decision (unanimous) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–4 Scott Jorgensen Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 16–4 Matt Manzanares Decision (unanimous) RFA 11 November 22, 2013 5 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won vacant RFA Flyweight Championship
Win 15–4 Claudio Ledesma Decision (unanimous) CFFC 24 May 11, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Flyweight debut
Loss 14–4 Anthony Leone Decision (split) Bellator 83 December 7, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 14–3 Eduardo Dantas Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 65 April 13, 2012 2 3:26 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Win 14–2 Ryan Roberts Submission (north-south choke) Bellator 54 October 15, 2011 1 4:48 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Non-title fight
Win 13–2 Chad Robichaux TKO (punches) Bellator 41 April 16, 2011 3 2:02 Yuma, Arizona, United States Non-title fight
Win 12–2 Ed West Decision (unanimous) Bellator 32 October 14, 2010 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Final; Became Bellator Bantamweight Champion.
Win 11–2 Bryan Goldsby Decision (unanimous) Bellator 30 September 23, 2010 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 10–2 Nick Mamalis Decision (unanimous) Bellator 27 September 2, 2010 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 9–2 Eric Luke Submission (kimura) Bellator 21 June 10, 2010 2 4:28 Hollywood, Florida, United States Qualified for the Bellator Season Three Bantamweight Tournament
Win 8–2 Josh Rave Submission (guillotine choke) M-1 Selection 2010: The Americas Round 1 April 3, 2010 3 1:49 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–2 David Harris Submission (triangle choke) Adrenaline: New Breed February 26, 2010 1 1:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 6–2 Toshiaki Kitada Submission (rear-naked choke) Deep: 43 Impact August 23, 2009 1 4:22 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Nate Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) WCA: Caged Combat June 6, 2009 3 2:33 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–1 Justin Robbins Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge: The War at the Shore January 26, 2009 2 1:05 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–1 Andre Soares Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–1 Wilson Reis Submission (arm-triangle choke) ShoXC 4 January 25, 2008 2 1:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Emerson Souza Decision (unanimous) CITC: Fearless Fighters Return October 6, 2007 3 5:00 Trenton, New Jersey, United States Won CITC Bantamweight Championship
Win 2–0 Leandro Escobar Decision (split) Extreme Challenge 75 March 23, 2007 3 5:00 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Tinh Tupy Decision (unanimous) CITC: Evolutions December 9, 2006 3 5:00 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Zach". funsizemma.com. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zach Makovsky - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2014_Results/02-22-14MMA.pdf
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ http://zachmakovsky.com/about-zach
  6. ^ "Chonan, Imanari triumphant at Deep 43. Mishima falls". sherdog.com. August 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Makovsky submits Rave in M-1; Migliaccio falls". sherdog.com. April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pat Curran wins Bellator Season 2 155lbs tournament". bellator.com. June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bellator 27 recap: Joe Warren claims belt with stunning knockout". mmajunkie.com. September 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bellator 30 recap: Baker bests Horn, Makovsky vs. West set for bantamweight final". mmajunkie.com. September 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bellator 32 recap: Konrad takes title with sub, new champ Makovsky earns decision". mmajunkie.com. October 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/22471/champ-zach-makovsky-meets-chad-robichaux-in-bellator-41-non-title-fight.mma
  13. ^ "Makovsky-Roberts Non-Title Tilt on Tap for Bellator 54". Sherdog.com. 2011-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Zach Makovsky defends bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65". mmainterplay.com. 2012-02-10. 
  15. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/rfa-flyweight-champion-zach-makovsky-tapped-to-face-scott-jorgensen-at-ufc-on-fox-9
  16. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-05). "Josh Sampo vs. Zach Makovsky slated for UFC 170 in Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  17. ^ Staff (2014-05-06). "Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 176 in August". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  18. ^ Erickson, Matt (2014-07-08). "After UFC 176 cancellation, Green-Trujillo, Formiga-Makovsky move to UFC Fight Night 47". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  19. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2014-11-10). "Zach Makovsky-Tim Elliott announced for UFC Colorado". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  20. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Zach-Makovsky

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