Becahi grad Zach Makovsky has successful UFC debut

The former Bethlehem Catholic and Drexel wrestler posted a victory in a flyweight bout at Sacramento.

The fighter known as "Fun Size" came up with a large-sized win.

Bethlehem Catholic graduate Zach Makovsky had a successful UFC debut on Saturday, upsetting Scott Jorgensen with an unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in a flyweight bout at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

The bout aired on Fox Sports 1.

According to the website, Makovsky, a former wrestler at Drexel University, set the tone early with several hard left hands in the first round, including an uppercut that stung Jorgensen and put him on the defensive.

It was clearly the biggest win of Makovsky's MMA career.

"I felt extreme exhilaration and extreme nervousness before getting in the octagon," Makovsky, 31, said on the website. "There is a lot of pressure I put on myself, but the UFC is where I want to be and the pressure is worth it. I can't describe the feeling of going out there and getting that win, but there is still so much further I need to go. This was just step one in the process."

Jorgensen is now 14-8 in MMA overall, 3-4 in the UFC. Makovsky, who had been a Bellator bantamweight champion, improved to 17-4 overall, 1-0 UFC and has now won three straight contests.

Great Grant

Justin Grant, a redshirt senior wrestler at Bloomsburg University from Easton, won the PSAC title in the 285-pound weight class on Dec. 7.

Grant, the top seed in his class, extended his winning streak to 10 by going 4-0 on the day. He opened with a first period fall (2:03) over Kyle Wolfe of Millersville; then won 9-1 over Nick Budd of Gannon. In the semis, he had his second first period fall of the tournament winning in 1:27 over Brad Emerick of Lock Haven, then beat Ernest James of Edinboro 2-1 in the finals for his second straight title.

Bloomsburg finished second as a team, behind Edinboro, in the PSAC championships.

On Dec. 1, Grant posted a 4-0 win in a match against Illinois, and a 6-0 decision in a match against Penn in the Grapple at the Garden, a big day of college wrestling at Madison Square Garden. He helped Bloomsburg defeat Penn 21-16, but the Huskies fell to No. 7 ranked Illinois, 29-18.

Jay Greene to enter Hof

Former Whitehall High basketball standout Jay Greene will be one of eight new inductees into the UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) Hall of Fame.

The induction dinner will take place on Jan. 25 at the Southeast Club level of the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The inductees will also be saluted at halftime of UMBC's men's basketball game against Hartford that afternoon.

Green, a current UMBC assistant coach, played in the most games (122) and logged the most minutes (4,192), in Retrievers history. He also dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland.

Greene, who led Whitehall to back-to-back Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 4A titles in 2004 and 2005, was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first title and NCAA berth.

In his junior season, he was the lone player to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game. He was an America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06 and earned first-team all-conference honors in 2007-08 and second team honors as a senior.

More calls to the Hall

Earlier this year, Ivan Weiss, a 1970 Northern Lehigh graduate, was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame for his play at the College of the Sequoias.





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