Since its announcement UFC on Fox 9 has been a highly anticipated card for a multitude of reasons. With Team Alpha Male out in mass and many other interesting fights on the card, the signing of Zach Makovsky has flown under the radar in the MMA world. Mainstream fans may not know him but the two time champion's signing is a key addition to the flyweight division.
Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky has been a prominent name in the bantamweight divisions years before coming over to Zuffa as a member of the flyweight group. The Philadelphia native has competed for such organizations as Bellator, EliteXC and ShoXC before making his appearance in the Octagon this weekend.
His most prominent run would occur from 2010 to 2011 when he would win eight straight fights. In Bellator MMA he would be the first man to capture their bantamweight title when he defeated Ed West in 2010. Even though he would win two fights after that tournament, he would drop the title in his first official defense to current champion Eduardo Dantas. A few months later he would suffer his second straight to defeat to Anthony Leone and end up jettisoned from the promotion. Zach is currently riding a two fight win streak which has allowed him to join the 125 pound weight class to revitalize his career. Last month he defeated Matt Manzanares for the RFA flyweight title.
Stepping in on short notice to fight Scott Jorgensen in his debut at 125 is an interesting position for Zach. While he will be the underdog coming into this fight, he has the style matchup to make this a tough bout for “Young Guns.”
After cutting his chops as a wrestler for Drexel University, Zach would be introduced to the world of grappling and MMA through a friendship with Eddie Alvarez. At 16-4 he's stayed true to those roots. He uses a grinding fighting style in which he grounds and plays the position game against his opponents. While he's earned 9 decision victories in seven years of professional experience; he has also shown the ability to stop a fight when the opportunity presents itself.
He's facing an opponent in Jorgensen who fights a very similar style. However, Jorgensen is known for enjoying striking exchanges then using his wrestling in a defensive nature when forced. Makovsky is more prone to look for takedowns and if he can score with them in this fight it will be hard for Scott to find a way back to his feet. Jorgensen has the better resume as a wrestler so that doesn't mean it will be easy to score the takedown at any point in this fight. Still, the way these two match up should make this fight a lot closer than expected in the betting lines at this point in time.
UFC on Fox 9 has a number of reasons to watch from start to finish. The preliminary bout between Zach Makovsky and Scott Jorgensen at flyweight is a can't miss fight that should build some interest in the 125 pound weight class.