Zach Makovsky (red trunks) will take on Chad Robichaux at Bellator 41 | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky will return to the cage at Bellator Fighting Championships 41 on April 16 in a non-title bout against undefeated veteran Chad Robichaux.
Sherdog.com has confirmed the fight with a source close to the bout; MMAJunkie.com first reported the matchup on Tuesday morning. The promotion has not yet announced the bout or the event, the location of which is currently unknown.
Makovsky was last seen at Bellator 32 in October, outpointing Ed West over five rounds to capture Bellator’s inaugural bantamweight title. The victory marked the sixth consecutive win for “Fun Size,” who also defeated Nick Mamalis and Bryan Goldsby on his path to the tournament crown. A former NCAA Div. I wrestler at Drexel University, Makovsky is a veteran of the defunct EliteXC promotion.
The twice-beaten Philadelphian made his Bellator debut in June, submitting Eric Luke with a kimura to qualify for the season three bantamweight tournament. Makovsky owns seven of his 12 career victories by decision and has never been knocked out.
Robichaux began his career in 1999, winning two fights in a single night at Reality Combat Fighting 2. “Robo” would go on to win six more bouts before taking a four-year hiatus from the ring. The Gracie Barra Woodlands instructor would return to active competition in 2009, rattling off back-to-back victories before making his Strikeforce debut in August 2010 and earning a split decision win over Humberto DeLeon.
Robichaux will take his first steps into the circular Bellator cage on April 16, having recently inked a three-fight deal with the promotion.