The UFC has been quick to find a new opponent for Scott Jorgensen for their December 14 event in Sacramento. Jorgensen will now make his flyweight debut against Zach Makovsky at UFC on FOX 9. Makovsky represents the third opponent for Jorgensen as Ian McCall and John Dodson were both forced to withdraw from the event because of injuries.
While Makovsky certainly doesn’t have the resume of a top-five contender like McCall or Dodson, he is still a good find as a replacement given the very short notice.
Makovsky is a former bantamweight champion with Bellator and most recently captured the inaugural flyweight title with Resurrection Fighting Alliance. He’s won two straight fights after making the move down in weight to 125 pounds, including a five-round decision against Matt Manzanares at RFA 11 become champion. He has an impressive 16-4 career record, and possesses solid grappling skills and a good submission game.
Jorgensen will have to stay in a positive mindset despite missing out on two top-five opponents within the division. He was clearly hoping that a win over McCall or Dodson would put him into immediate title contention, but it will now be all about getting the badly-needed win. “Young Guns” is just 1-3 in his last four fights, and decided it was time to make the move down in weight after failing against elite competition at 135 pounds in his last few times in the Octagon.
For “Fun Size”, this represents quite the opportunity. He most recently competed in RFA on November 22, and makes an impressive turnaround to meet one of the biggest challenges of his career at a high-profile event. He captured the Bellator 135-pound title at Bellator 32 by defeating Ed West and lost the belt to Eduardo Dantes via second-round submission.
Two straight losses led to his release from Bellator, and he elected to make the move to flyweight. The decision has netted positive results so far.
Jorgensen has shown over his career in both the UFC and WEC that’s he’s rarely involved in a dull fight. There is no doubt that he will be looking to impress in his 125-pound debut against Makovsky in the hopes of rejuvenating his career. With a victory on December 14, Jorgensen can again set his sights on the best that the division has to offer.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports