He vacated that same belt four days later because of a phone call he received about an offer to fight Scott Jorgensen at UFC on Fox 9, which went down Sat., Dec. 14, 2013, at Sleep Train Center in Sacramento, Calif., on just 10 days notice thanks to a John Dodson injury.
"Fun Size" dominated the action on the "Prelims" under card en route to earning a unanimous decision (30-27 across the board) over Jorgensen -- a Top 10-ranked opponent -- in his Zuffa debut this past Saturday.
A former Bellator MMA Bantamweight champion, the 31-year-old is no stranger to success in a major mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. After fighting six times for Bjorn Rebney and Co., the man who is being billed as a hot prospect for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lost twice in very unimpressive fashion before eventually getting cut.
He wound up in RFA, won the title and was immediately thrust into the Octagon Saturday.
It's a winding road that begs the question: Does the promotion a fighter competes for dictate how they are viewed?
Ben Askren, who was recently classified by UFC President Dana White as not being a "Top 10 fighter," found the result interesting, poking fun at the perception that fighters from other companies are unable to hang with UFC fighters.
Makovsky's victory Saturday follows suit with recent championship wins in World Series of Fighting (WSOF) by Steve Carl and Georgi Karakhanyan, other talented guys who have yet to see action in UFC, but have found success elsewhere.
Eddie Alvarez, of course, is the elephant in the room. For years, combat sports fans have debated just how good the Bellator Lightweight champion is, eager to see him matched up against the best UFC has to offer. That day could arrive sooner rather than later, in the meantime, we'll have to forever wonder about "Funky" and his place among Welterweight elite.
Unless, of course, Askren flounders in the Asian waters of ONE FC.