UFC on Fox 9: Former Bellator Champ Zach Makovsky Faces Scott Jorgensen

Jeremy Botter@jeremybotterMMA Senior WriterDecember 4, 2013

April 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Scott Jorgensen lands an elbow against Urijah Faber during the TUF 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach "Fun Size" Makovsky has signed a multi-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and will face Scott Jorgensen at next week's UFC on Fox 9 event in Sacramento.

Sources close to the promotion confirmed the fight with Bleacher Report on Wednesday morning. UFC on Fox 9, which takes place December 14th, is headlined by a flyweight title rematch between champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.

Makovsky (16-4, 0-0 UFC) was released by Bellator after suffering two consecutive losses in 2012, with one of them in a title fight against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65. He returned to his winning ways as a flyweight in his next fight, beating Claudio Ledesma before signing with UFC feeder organization RFA earlier this year.

Makovsky won the RFA flyweight championship in his debut, but the organization was never going to prevent him from moving on to the UFC. He joins the UFC as an instant contender at flyweight and interesting addition to the UFC's newest male weight class. 

With an injury suffered by original Jorgensen opponent John Dodson, an opportunity opened up for a late-notice replacement, and Makovsky jumped at the chance. 

Jorgensen lost three of his last four fights as a bantamweight, with the most recent coming at the hands of Urijah Faber in April. Following the loss, Jorgensen made the decision to drop to flyweight in an attempt to resuscitate his career. 

Jorgensen was originally scheduled to face Ian McCall at the event, but an injury forced McCall out of the bout. He was replaced by Dodson, but then Dodson suffered an injury.