Bellator will crown its first Bantamweight Champion on October 14th (Photos courtesy of Bellator).
Ed West to Meet Zach Makovsky in Bantamweight Tournament Championship
Chicago, Ill. (Tuesday, October 5, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships recently announced that it will crown its first Bantanweight Champion when the promotion next heads into the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. The Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Finals have now been officially slated for Thursday, October 14th, when Ed “Wild” West (15-4) faces Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (11-2).
“Our Bantamweight Division has been fiercely competitive from the first fight, so whether it’s Ed or Zach who captures this World Title, they’ll have earned it every step of the way,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney remarked. “Both of these guys are tremendously talented, great competitors and true sportsmen. This has the makings of a really great world title fight.”
West earned his way into the tournament finals by scoring decision victories over Bryan Goldsby and Jose Vega, and he is currently amid a seven-fight winning streak. He began his professional Mixed Martial Arts career in the Rage in the Cage promotion and won all eight of his matches he fought while he was with the show. His lone loss among his first nine bouts was a TKO defeat to Harris Sarmiento at SuperBrawl 34 in Wailuku, Hawaii.
“Winning the Championship would be more important than anything I have done in the MMA world,” West stated. “To win this tournament, you have to win three incredibly tough fights in six weeks. If you can pull that off, it speaks volumes, and it would take my game to the next level.”
While he certainly has an impressive resume since becoming a professional fighter, West admits that he may be facing his biggest test in Makovsky.
“I’ve definitely had to train differently for not only Zach, (but) the fight itself,” West said of the championship pairing. “As the fight moves on, it will become harder and harder to lock up a submission, and our endurance levels need to be taken to the next level. It’s going to be a war.”
Makovsky enters the finals after defeating Nick Mamalis and Bryan Goldsby in previous rounds of the Bantamweight Tournament, and he also comes into this match with an impressive winning streak of his own. The Philadelphia native is a winner of his last six bouts and has won nine of his last 10 fights. Makovsky turned to professional MMA in 2006 and has fought in a few different shows, including a pair of battles in the now defunct Elite XC. The veteran fighter made his debut for Bellator in Hollywood, Florida, at Bellator 21, submitting Eric Luke with a second round kimura. However, this championship match marks the first five-round competition for Makovsky, and that is something he is not taking lightly.
“I’m not as concerned with Ed as I am with the length of this fight,” Makovsky commented. “With that said, Ed is going to be a huge challenge, and probably the most well rounded fighter I have faced. I’m excited to see what I can do.”
Bellator will be off this week before returning to action at Bellator 32. In another big fight on this card, Bellator will crown its first heavyweight champion when Cole Konrad (6-0) faces Neil Grove (9-2-1) in the Heavyweight Tournament Finals.