Zach Makovsky doesn't have plan beyond ACB 72 headliner vs. Yoni Sherbatov

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Former UFC and Bellator veteran Zach Makovsky takes on Yoni Sherbatov tonight at ACB 72 in Montreal, but beyond that he’s not sure what his fighting future holds.

During an appearance this week on MMAjunkie Radio, Makovsky (20-8), a former Bellator bantamweight champion, said his headliner with Sherbatov (6-0) concludes a two-fight deal he signed with the Russian-based ACB promotion after exiting the UFC last December.

What comes afterward? He’s not really sure.

“I don’t have any real long-term plans,” Makovsky said. “I’m definitely toward the end of my career. I’ve been fighting professionally for almost 11 years, 34 years old. I’m really just looking for the best possible deal, situation for myself. And I’m really open to whatever that is – if it’s continuing to sign more fights with ACB, if it’s going back to UFC, whatever. I’m open to whatever is the best deal for me at the time.”

Makovsky submitted Josiel Silva with a guillotine choke in May at ACB 60 to snap a three-fight losing streak in the UFC, where he went 3-4 in seven appearances. That included losses to former flyweight title challengers Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, as well as a win over Tim Elliott.

To hear more from Makovsky, including his assessment of Sherbatov, watch the video above.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2542 with Evan Dunham, Zach Makovsky

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Evan Dunham and Zach Makovsky.

Dunham visited the studio to talk about his recent fight against Beneil Dariush at UFC 216, which ended in a draw. Makovsky is headlining ACB 72 on Saturday in Montreal against Yoni Sherbatov.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Evan Dunham, Zach Makovsky

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Evan Dunham and Zach Makovsky.

Dunham fought Beneil Dariush at UFC 216 this past Saturday in Las Vegas. He’ll be in the studio to talk about the fight, which ended in a draw. Makovsky headlines ACB 72 on Saturday against Yoni Sherbatov in Montreal. The former Bellator champ and UFC fighter will talk about the bout.

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Champ Demetrious Johnson took his UFC feud public, and here's how the flyweights responded

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Could the UFC flyweight division be disbanded just five years after it was introduced? Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson claims that’s been one of the threats made by the organization.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who’s largely been a company friendly fighter while reigning as the only 125-pound champion in history, revealed this week that his relationship with UFC brass has taken a sharp turn south in recent weeks after it was suggested his next title defense be against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

Among other things, “Mighty Mouse” claims UFC President Dana White threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t accept the fight with Dillashaw for UFC 215 in August. Johnson thought it was unfair for Dillashaw to receive an immediate title shot without having competed in the weight class, and he wanted financial assurances if his opponent missed weight.

Moreover, Johnson said No. 5-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was most deserving of the next shot, and making that fight would keep the division in order as “Mighty Mouse” attempts to set the all-time UFC title defense record with his 11th in his next fight.

The reactions to Johnson’s stance have varied, but for the most part, his fellow fighters – and specifically fellow flyweights – have stood behind the champion’s stance. Henry Cejudo, Ben Nguyen, Tim Elliott, Zach Makovsky and Jarred Brooks also weighed in.

Here they are:

What happens next remains to be seen. Johnson has aired his grievances in a very public way, but he said his relationship with the UFC is far from irreparable. He would be willing to fight Dillashaw or Borg, but first his conditions must be met, which Johnson doesn’t view that as an unreasonable request.

If Johnson is to be believed, the UFC is willing to ax a weight class with more than 25 active fighters because the champion won’t play ball. Johnson encouraged the company to follow through on that threat if it’s something truly even being considered.

Fighter unrest has been a common theme for the UFC in recent months. Johnson is just the latest example, but if his situation gets worse, the ramifications could be more extreme than any previous feud.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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