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And Now He’s Fired: Bellator Cuts Ties with Former Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky

“Wait…a ham sandwich walked into a bar? How is that even possible?”

New years often mean new beginnings. For Bellator, this means cutting ties with former bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky.

Makovsky took to his Twitter account yesterday to confirm his release, tweeting “Honestly shocked but thank you for the opportunity @BellatorMMA @BjornRebney.”

A former D1 wrestler for Drexel University, Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky was the face of Bellator’s bantamweight division since the beginning, becoming the inaugural bantamweight champion at Bellator 32 with a unanimous decision victory over Ed West. A pair of non-title fights saw him knock out Chad Robichaux and choke out Ryan Roberts, improving his Bellator record to a flawless 6-0, and the future was wide open for Fun Size.

Unfortunately, 2012 was a rough year for Makovsky. In his first title defense, he lost his bantamweight strap to Eduardo Dantas by arm triangle choke in April. Looking to rebound from the loss, Zach took on Anthony Leone at Bellator 83. Zach dropped a close, yet ultimately forgettable split-decision to the noticeably larger Leone, finishing the year without a victory and now as a free agent.

It sucks to be released from a contract so close to the holidays, but it’s doubtful that Makovsky will remain a free agent for too long. Also, given the size advantage that Leone held over him, don’t be too surprised if he flirts with the idea of dropping to flyweight. For now though, enjoy some of his more memorable moments.

Vs. Bryan Goldsby

Vs. Ed West

Vs. Chad Robichaux


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mma4ever- December 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm
When he is older they will look like an orange in a sock. ...Merry Christmas everyone.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 24, 2012 at 5:10 am
@ 531twoonefour

No roids... but he has been accused of slanging mank at the local truckstop on multiple occasions.
Sel214- December 24, 2012 at 2:40 am
Has he ever been caught with roids?
Dude's got bitchtits!
mma4ever- December 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm
What the fuck is going on
Alan K- December 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm
If he drops to 125 I bet UFC would give him a chance.
skeletor- December 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm