Although Zach Makovsky and many others were surprised to hear Bellator had let the fighter go in December, the promotion’s former bantamweight champ is beginning a new chapter tonight at a Cage Fury Fighting Championships card in Atlantic City. Makovsky will make his flyweight debut against Claudio Ledesma, and “Fun Size” is hoping the fight is the first step on a road to the UFC.
In a recent interview with MMA Weekly.com Makovsky relayed that he didn’t want to drop to flyweight, but that since he “walks around at 145”, he was much smaller than his last three opponents. Makovsky scored a submission win over Ryan Roberts in October, 2011, before losing back-to-backs to Eduardo Dantas and Anthony Leone in his last three appearances.
Makovsky also shared another key reason why he’s made the drop to 125 pounds: to secure a contract with the UFC.
“The UFC doesn’t have a ton of 125-pound guys on their roster, so they’re looking to expand the division. Hopefully I can drop down and get a couple solid wins and make a statement that I deserve to be among the best at flyweight in the world, which I truly do believe I am.”
One would think the UFC will be monitoring Makovsky’s performance tonight at CFFC 24, as well as future bouts, as it wasn’t long ago the 30 year-old was considered to be one of the sport’s best bantamweights. The Pennsylvania fighter could be a solid pick-up for the promotion’s flyweight division.