Bellator to Crown Bantamweight Champ Oct.14


Ed West (left) file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com

Bellator has officially announced a fight between Zach Makovsky and Ed West to crown its first bantamweight champion at Bellator 32 on Oct. 14 in Kansas City, Mo.

Makovsky is riding a five-fight winning streak heading into the contest, including victories over Nick Mamalis and Bryan Goldsby in the first two rounds of Bellator's bantamweight tournament. The Philadelphia Fight Factory product has also competed in Japanese promotion Deep and the extinct EliteXC. “Fun Size” started his career hot, winning six of his first seven fights.

“I’m not as concerned with Ed as I am with the [five-round] length of this fight,” said Makovsky. “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.”

Ed “Wild” West has won seven straight fights. He defeated Bryan Goldsby and Jose Vega to advance to the bantamweight final. Fighting out of Tuscon, Ariz., West is an IFL veteran and holds a loss to former IFL lightweight champion Chris Horodecki.

“I’ve definitely had to train differently for not only Zach, [but also] the fight itself,” West said regarding the potential five round fight. “As the fight moves on it will become harder and harder to lock up a submission, and our endurance needs to be taken to the next level. It’s going to be a war.”

Wood is already looking toward the winner's circle.

“Winning the Championship would be more important than anything I have done in the MMA world,” said West. “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.”

Founded in 2008, Bellator is in its third season of events, in which fighters compete in eight-man tournaments over a the period of several weeks to decide champions. The promotion airs fights on Fox Sports Net and puts on bouts ranging from bantamweight to middleweight.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey announced that she will be releasing a new book in 2015 written by her sister Maria Burns Ortiz. On Monday afternoon, Regan Arts announced that they had read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator’s bantamweight champion Joe Warren got ready for the holidays with a wrestling match against his good friend and training partner Scott Jorgensen. The two met not once but twice at the Grapp read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 19 views

Welterweight champion Douglas Lima will finally return to the Bellator cage in February. Lima told MMAFighting.com that he was expecting to defend his 170-pound title against Paul Daley or Andrey Kor read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator MMA officials have announced the addition of a pair of action-packed match-ups for the launch of the promotion's 2015 season. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

If former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar decides he wants to return to mixed martial arts, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker is interested in signing him. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Watch the UFC 181 Fight Club Q&A featuring bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw streaming live on Friday from Las Vegas at 5 p.m. ET. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 53 views

LAS VEGAS – Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has no excuses for his performance at Saturday’s UFC 181 event. Instead, he has a simple evaluation: “I didn’t fight.”Filed under: News, U read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC will crown its 10th titleholder on Friday when the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight titleholder will be determined at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in Las Vegas. Check out 30 pre-fight fac read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 13 views

Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino is giving up on plans to drop to 135 pounds to get a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. read news >>

Jump to: