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Zachary Paul "Zach" Makovsky[5] 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 World Champion.

Zach Makovsky
BornZachary Paul Makovsky
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 37)[1][2]
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Other namesFun Size
ResidenceBethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Bantamweight (formerly)
Reach64 in (163 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
TeamTristar Gym
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia[4]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[4]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission7
By decision12
By submission3
By decision6
UniversityDrexel University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Men's Grappling
Representing  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Kraków -60 kg (no-gi)
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kraków -60 kg (gi)
Gold medal – first place 2009 Fort Lauderdale -60 kg (no-gi)


Makovsky was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Makovsky began wrestling when he was six years old and excelled in youth and middle school programs before attending Bethlehem Catholic High School where 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.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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).


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.[7]

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.[8]

Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

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.[9]

At Bellator 27, Makovsky defeated Nick Mamalis via unanimous decision. The win moved Makovsky into the semi-final round.[10]

There, Makovsky faced Bryan Goldsby. Makovsky used his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to frustrate Goldsby and claimed a unanimous decision victory.[11]

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.[12]

Makovsky next faced undefeated Chad Robichaux at Bellator 41 in a non-title fight.[13] 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[14] 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.[15] 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 FuryEdit

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 AllianceEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

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.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

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.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Makovsky was expected to face Jussier Formiga on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[20] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Formiga/Makovsky was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[21] Makovsky lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Makovsky faced Tim Elliott on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 60.[23] Makovsky won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[24]

Makovsky faced John Dodson on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[25] Makovsky lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Makovsky faced Joseph Benavidez on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Makovsky was expected to face John Moraga on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[29] However, Moraga pulled out of the fight in early November citing injury and was replaced by Dustin Ortiz.[30] He lost the fight via split decision.[31]

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Makovsky faced Josiel Silva at ACB 60 on 13 May, 2017.[32] He won via submission in the third round.

Makovsky faced Yoni Sherbatov at ACB 72 on 14 October, 2017. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 20 wins 9 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 7 3
By decision 12 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–9 Yoni Sherbatov Decision (unanimous) ACB 72 October 14, 2017 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 20–8 Josiel Silva Submission (guillotine choke) ACB 60 May 13, 2017 3 1:08 Vienna, Austria
Loss 19–8 Dustin Ortiz Decision (split) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 19–7 Joseph Benavidez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 19–6 John Dodson Decision (unanimous) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Win 19–5 Tim Elliott Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch February 14, 2015 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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 the 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 the Bellator Bantamweight World 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. Won the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
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
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 André 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: Elite Challenger Series 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 the 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About Zach". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "Zach Mokovsky". ESPN. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Fight Card – UFC 187 Johnson vs. Cormier". Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Zach Makovsky – Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved February 15, 2015.
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  7. ^ "Chonan, Imanari triumphant at Deep 43. Mishima falls". August 23, 2009.
  8. ^ "Makovsky submits Rave in M-1; Migliaccio falls". April 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Pat Curran wins Bellator Season 2 155lbs tournament". June 11, 2010.
  10. ^ "Bellator 27 recap: Joe Warren claims belt with stunning knockout". September 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "Bellator 30 recap: Baker bests Horn, Makovsky vs. West set for bantamweight final". September 23, 2010.
  12. ^ "Bellator 32 recap: Konrad takes title with sub, new champ Makovsky earns decision". October 14, 2010.
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  14. ^ "Makovsky-Roberts Non-Title Tilt on Tap for Bellator 54". 2011-08-17.
  15. ^ "Zach Makovsky defends bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65". 2012-02-10.
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  17. ^ Tommy Hackett (2013-12-14). "UFC on Fox 9 Results: Zach Makovsky edges Scott Jorgensen in UFC debut". Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  18. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-05). "Josh Sampo vs. Zach Makovsky slated for UFC 170 in Vegas". Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  19. ^ Ben Fowles (2014-02-22). "UFC 170 results, photos: Zach Makovsky tops a game Josh Sampo via decision". Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  20. ^ Staff (2014-05-06). "Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 176 in August". Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  21. ^ Erickson, Matt (2014-07-08). "After UFC 176 cancellation, Green-Trujillo, Formiga-Makovsky move to UFC Fight Night 47". Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  22. ^ Brian Knapp (August 16, 2014). "UFC Fight Night Bangor Prelims: Jussier 'Formiga' grapples past Zach Makovsky". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  23. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2014-11-10). "Zach Makovsky-Tim Elliott announced for UFC Colorado". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (February 14, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 60 results, photos: Zach Makovsky tops Tim Elliott in fun scrap". Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  25. ^ Staff (February 22, 2015). "Flyweights John Dodson and Zach Makovsky slated for UFC 187 in Vegas". Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  26. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-05-23). "John Dodson takes unanimous decision over Zach Makovsky". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  27. ^ Staff (2016-01-07). "Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC Fight Night 82". Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  28. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-02-06). "UFC Fight Night 82 results: Joseph Benavidez runs streak to 5, tops Zach Makovsky". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  29. ^ Staff (2015-10-05). "Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier defends title at UFC 206 in Toronto vs. Anthony Johnson". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  30. ^ Staff (2016-11-07). "Ortiz replaces Moraga on UFC 206 card". Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  31. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 results: Dustin Ortiz snaps 2-fight skid, takes split call from Zach Makovsky". Retrieved 2016-12-10.
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