Posts Tagged ‘Zach Makovsky’

UFN 82: Hendricks vs Thompson Betting Advice

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Betting Advice

UFC_FN_FOXSPORTS_Hendricks_v_Thompson_16x9Last event didn’t go so well for us. We wound up with -1.55 units and a -7.38 ROI. However For the month of January we still earned a nice 17.14% ROI with 7.8 units gained. Not too bad.

Let’s get into this event. UFN 82 has a lot of favorites that should win. It makes betting this card even more difficult as we need to find the right balance of units wagered while still trying to maximize our ROI for the event. With that said we are planning on making eight different bets and two will be free. The rest you can purchase at Cappertek for just $6.95.

Our two free bets are:
Ray Borg over Justin Scoggins for 3 units @ gain 1.13 units
Joseph Benavidez over Zach Makovsky for 2 units @ -405 to gain .49 units

We also have a silly parlay of all our predicted winners where 1 unit would net us over 105 unit return. But we aren’t really betting that, we just like to have it on here because we can.

Anthony Leone – Every Fight’s Really Big

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Interviews

Anthony Leone via World Championship Fighting

Anthony Leone via World Championship Fighting

Anthony Leone will be fighting at Bellator 83 against former Bellator champ Zach Markovsky.  We sat down with Leone to talk about the fight, his goals and more.

How’s it going today?
Things are going great. Just got done with a training session and just preparing for the last couple of days.

You are scheduled to fight Zach Makovsky at Bellator 83 in about two weeks. How’s training camp changing now that it is winding down?
It’s really good. I’m really just getting myself some fine details in now. Sorry, I’m on the treadmill right now. Just fine details in and a lot more pad work. And this is my last week hard. We’ll go till Friday pretty hard and just worry about my weight next week.

This fight is at 135lbs. Do you have a big cut from your walking weight, or do you tend to stay in the 140s?
Yeah, I wish I was one of those 140 guys, really. I actually started my career at ’55. I’ve only had like 3 fights at ’35, most of them were at ’45. So unfortunately I’m… I did the Jiu Jitsu World Games like a month and a half ago at 162, and I just made weight for that.  So I’m one of those heavier guys.

So the weight cut to fight in this weight class is not a fun process for you?
No, man. It’s really horrible. It changes your whole outlook on everything.

Zach is the former bantamweight champion. Safe to say this is one of your biggest fights of your career?
This fight, yeah. Every fight is definitely big. You know, everybody says it. Every fight’s really big in your career. But definitely this one has some type of cloud over my head where I have a picture of Makovsky on my refrigerator. I wake up every morning and I see that guy, and I really… I haven’t thought about a fight more than I’ve ever thought about this one.

What was going through your mind when Bellator offered you this fight as your fourth fight with them?
Oh, I was excited. I found out maybe August or September that they were thinking about it and I was in Thailand training. I was like let’s just get this contract, let’s do this. What an opportunity, you know?

Makovsky is likely the favorite in your fight according to the odds makers. Does being the underdog have any effect on you?
I was probably, the majority of my fights that… Well, I was probably the underdog. So it really doesn’t bother me. I hope my friends bet on me – and family – and make a lot of money.

Looking at the two of you on paper, you are very similar as far as styles are concerned. Because you both like to go after submissions, do you think this could turn into a stand-up brawl instead of a test of whose grappling is better?
Not sure. We’ll see what happens. I don’t want to give away too much of our game plan that we’ve been working with as a team. Usually though, when you do see two grapplers fight, you don’t really see too much of the ground game. And same thing with strikers, when you see two strikers fight – high level strikers – you might see a little bit of ground game.

Will this fight be a tournament qualifier for next season?
I’m not really sure. We didn’t really talk about specifics like that.

I know you’ve competed against Georgi Karakhanyan for a chance to fight in the tournament before. Would that have been as a bantamweight as well or featherweight?
That was at featherweight, actually.

What are your goals for 2013?
Right now, my main goal is to beat Makovsky, and really when you have a fight coming up your mind is focused and you’re very one-directional-minded. So basically thinking about Makovsky. But it’s definitely to keep training as hard as I’ve been training these past years, staying focused, and just a continuous growth, and martial arts getting better.

Where can the fans find you at?
I have actually a website. That’s one place. And then Facebook, I think it’s Leone MMA. Sometimes I’m in Ithaca, New York training at Team Bombsquad, sometimes I’ll be in Phuket, Thailand training at Phuket Top Team. So if you want to come down to one of these places, come on down.

Phuket is pretty large. What part do you tend to be focused at?
I’m sure everybody’s heard of Tiger Muay Thai. That’s actually a huge freaking gym. I can’t believe how big that is. It’s really like a college or something. But Phuket Top Team is on the same road, and it’s called Chalong Road. And there’s actually like four MMA or muay thai gyms there. It’s huge. The whole street’s just covered with muy thai fighters, any type of fighter. It’s really crazy. That place is really blowing up there. And that’s where Phuket Top Team is. Pretty good coaches there. Really good coaches, really good guys that are really trying to get better and improve, so it’s awesome. It’s awesome to have both gyms to train at.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Yeah, my sponsors. My sponsor Grips. Check them out. My manager and never stops working – he’s an animal. Primo Bellarosa, my muy thai mma coach – he’s the man. He really helps us out here. All my teammates. I think there’s a lot of teammates to mention, so they all know who they are really. My brother, my mom, Phuket Top Team, Olavo Abreu the Brazillian jiu jitsu coach there, Rodrigo Praxedes another jiu jitsu coach, family, friends, love you all.

Bellator 65 Results: Dantas Chokes Out Makovsky, Straus Handles Corey

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in News, Results

Bellator 65 took place Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was also streamed on and main card was featured on MTV2. The main event featured a title fight between Zach Makovsky and Eduardo Dantas. It was Dantas who was crowned the new bantamweight champion when he choked Makovsky out cold with a arm triangle choke in the second round, just passed the midway point in the fight. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said of his new champion, “You’re looking at one of the best bantamweights in the world. Absolutely a spectacular performance from this young man tonight.”

Although the rest of the main card was all decisions, this was far from a boring event. In the co-main event, it was Daniel Straus who bloodied up Mike Corey over the full 15 minutes to win the unanimous decision. The fight was an emotional one for Straus, as one of his training partners and close friends passed away last week after being involved in an automobile accident. Straus dedicated the fight to Chris Smith, and said “I’ve cried over the past three days, cried over the past two hours, and it’s just a blessing to be in here, man. I want to thank all the fans that are here tonight”. Straus is now set to fight Marlon Sandro in the tournament finals.

The main card also featured 2 opening round bouts in the bantamweight tournament. Alexis Vila seemed to come out strong against Luis Nogueira, and although he never had Luis in any real danger, Vila took the round. From then on out it was Luis Nogueira who controlled the fight everywhere it went, and although they were back and forth at times, he clearly won the final two rounds and won the bout. He picked up the unanimous decision win.

In the other bantamweight bout, Marcos Galvao pounded on Ed West for three straight rounds. Galvao arguably lost a few a fights by decision he should have won, and he vowed to finish this fight. He spent the entire time trying to do so, and Ed West showed plenty of heart surviving the fight. He didn’t get the finish, but Galvao picked up a dominating unanimous decision win to advance.

The full Bellator 65 results include:

Bantamweight Championship Fight
Eduardo Dantas defeats Zach Makovsky by technical submission (arm-triangle choke) round 2, 3:26
Dantas becomes the new bantamweight champion.

Featherweight tournament semifinal
Daniel Straus defeats Mike Corey by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Bantamweight tournament/opening round
Luis Nogueira defeats Alexis Vila by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bantamweight tournament/opening round
Marcos Galvao defeats Ed West by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Duane Bastress defeats Plinio Cruz by technical knock out (strikes) Round 2, 2:52
Will Martinez defeats Terrell Hobbs by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 4:13
Scott Heckman defeats Lester Caslow by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 3:40
Kris McCray defeats Ailton Barbosa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lyman Good defeats LeVon Maynard by knock out (punch) Round 1, 0:13
E.J. Brooks defeats Mikhail Malyutin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)