Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo
Round 1: Sampo lands first with an outside leg kick. Makovsky moves in and secures a takedown. Sampo controls Makovsky’s posture. Makovsky moves to half guard. Sampo gets back to full guard. Makovsky postures up and lands a right hand. Sampo works for a shoulder lock but Makovsky escapes the attempt. Makovsky stands over Sampo. Sampo lands an up kick and gets to his feet. Makovsky leaps in with a superman punch. Sampo lands a right hand, and they clinch. Sampo lands an uppercut on the inside, and Makovsky pushes him away. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky.
Round 2: Makovsky fires off a head kick that partially lands. Sampo delivers an outside leg kick. Makovsky changes levels and secures a single leg takedown. Sampo quickly gets back to his feet. Sampo moves in with a right hand. Makovsky counters with a left. Makovsky misses wtih a spinning back fist. He closes the distance and secures a takedown. He works from the half guard position. Makovsky stands and dives in with a left hand. Sampo rolls and gets to his feet. Makovsky lands an outside leg kick. He goes to the body with a left hand. Sampo presses forward. He’s bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Sampo looks to counter and Makovsky takes him down. Sampo works to isolate an arm and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Makovsky.
Round 3: Sampo comes out aggressive to start the final round. He lands a right hand. He rushes forward with a flurry, but Makovsky covers and backs away. Makovsky delivers an inside leg kick. Sampo delivers a push kick that knocks Makovsky off balance. Sampo gains top position. Sampo peppers Makovsky’s body with right hand. Makovsky powers to his feet. Sampo moves in and Makovsky meets him with a left hand. Makovsky ducks under a punch and secures a single leg takedown. Makovsky moves to half guard and delivers left hands to the body. Makovsky continues to land short shots. Sampo gets to his feet in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sampo.
The judges scored the fight for Makovsky by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I think that Josh and I are very similar in terms of body type, skills, and training background so it was just going to be a matter of who can implement their game better. I felt coming in that it would be a wrestling match and I was pretty confident that I would get the better of that aspect of the fight. I was making him miss throughout the fight but I wasn’t able to counter as effectively as I should’ve. I know I could’ve done a lot better out there but it just gives me more to improve on for the next time I step into that Octagon.”
“It was a great fight. He forced me into his rhythm and timing out there. I’m proud of my performance tonight, but very disappointed in the loss. I’m eager to get back in there. I’ve got a lot left to prove to the fans and myself.”