Zach Makovsky Makes Major Statement In UFC Debut

Zach Makovsky

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Zach Makovsky made quite an Octagon debut and immediately made the case for another high-profile opportunity in the flyweight division thanks to a stellar performance at UFC on FOX 9.

“Fun Size” derailed the 125-pound debut of veteran Scott Jorgensen with a well-earned unanimous decision victory. Makovsky was a late injury replacement after both Ian McCall and John Dodson were forced out of the matchup with “Young Guns” because of injury, and he certainly made the most of it.

The former Bellator bantamweight champion made it three straight wins since making the move down from the 135-pound weight class. Makovsky badly hurt Jorgensen with a terrific left uppercut in the opening round, which seemed to turn the tide in his favor. He was able to land solid left hands throughout the course of the fight and mixed in some nifty Superman punches and kicks as part of a diversified attack.

He never seemed intimidated in facing the stiffest challenge of his career, and was able to showcase his grappling skills with some nice reversals when it appeared as though Jorgensen was making some headway from top position on the ground. He had Jorgensen fighting off a rear-naked choke attempt in the bout’s final moments.

Makovsky improved to 17-4 with the victory, and will clearly be a fresh face to keep an eye on in the flyweight division. As for Jorgensen, the move down from 135-pounds for the former top-10 ranked bantamweight couldn’t have gone much worse. He’s now 1-4 in his last five fights inside the Octagon. Based upon his career pedigree of being involved in entertaining fights, Jorgensen should get another opportunity.

It will be interesting to see whether he decides to remain at 125 pounds or if he will decide to venture back up to bantamweight, where he has only lost to elite competition.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports


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