After Strong Octagon Debut, Zach Makovsky To Meet Josh Sampo At UFC 170

By Rick LaFitte
Zach Makovsky
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A potentially exciting flyweight matchup is the latest addition to UFC 170. Zach Makovsky will square off against Josh Sampo on February 22 in Las Vegas in a matchup of two 125-pound fighters who were successful in their Octagon debuts. Makovsky looked outstanding in coming in as a late injury replacement to register a unanimous decision victory over former bantamweight contender Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento.

Makovsky is a former Bellator bantamweight champion who has reeled off three consecutive victories since making the move down to flyweight. “Fun Size” showed a strong overhand left and a solid grappling game in spoiling Jorgensen’s flyweight debut. It was an impressive performance on short notice as Makovsky got the call after John Dodson was forced off the card due to an injury.

The biggest victory of his career turned Makovsky from a relative unknown into the current no. 10-ranked UFC flyweight. He’s 17-4 in his career with six submission victories. Makovsky is no stranger to going the distance, as 10 of his wins have come by decision.

As for Sampo, while he looked impressive in a second-round submission victory over Ryan Benoit, there was a definite negative attached to his effort at the Ultimate Fighter Season 18 finale. “The Gremlin” missed weight for the bout and lost out on his bonus money for the Fight of the Night at a result. The former CFA flyweight champion has reeled off five consecutive victories and is an impressive 11-2 overall. Sampo has a strong wrestling base and has six submission finishes to his credit.

This has the makings to be a entertaining affair and is an important contest for both competitors. Makovsky will be looking to continue the positive momentum after his victory over Jorgensen, while Sampo will be looking to continue his winning ways against a top-10 opponent.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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