This weekend’s Bellator 41 features the current crop of featherweight tourney denizens in semifinal bouts, a superfight between featherweight champ Joe Warren and jiu-jitsu black belt Marcos Galvao, and a nontitle match-up that will see undefeated submission specialist Chad Robichaux take on the organization’s current bantamweight king, Zach Makovsky. All of which begs the question: who is Zach Makovsky and why should you care? Well, fear not, because MMA Convert has got you covered with the 411.
– Makovsky made his pro MMA debut back in December, 2009, and was a staple in the Northeast circuit. His first championship belt was for the Combat in the Cage organization; by seamlessly blending wrestling with boxing, he defeated jiu-jitsu black belt Emerson Souza to secure the decision and the title.
– As a member of Philadelphia’s Fight Factory team, Makovsky has for years trained alongside the likes of Eddie Alvarez and Tara LaRosa. His takedowns are virtually flawless, and his knowledge of the submission game has given him the edge over everyone but the most elite of grapplers.
– Makovsky has only lost twice in fourteen fights. The first was to Wilson Reis, who went on to become EliteXC’s 140-pound champ; the second was to Toshiaki Kitada at a DEEP event in Japan. That last defeat occurred in Augsust, 2009.
– When Makovsky’s participation in Bellator’s inaugural 135-pound tournament was announced, the “word on the street” was that he was the favorite to win it all. He did not disappoint, and three bouts later Makovsky owned some shiny, new Bellator hardware to add to his collection.
– How does Makovsky stack up against the “little guys” currently populating the UFC? Given his record, skill set, accomplishments in the cage and the fact that he’s a Bellator champ, he is arguably one of the best bantamweights not under contract with Zuffa. To put it another way: unless Robichaux brings a gun into the cage on Saturday night, Makovsky is going to murder him.
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