Bellator Fighting Championships will crown its first bantamweight champion when Ed West meets Zach Makovsky on Oct. 14 at Bellator 32 in Kansas City.

“Our bantamweight division has been fiercely competitive from the first fight, so whether it’s Ed or Zach who captures this world title, they’ll have earned it every step of the way,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Both of these guys are tremendously talented, great competitors and true sportsman. This has the makings of a really great world title fight.”

West enters the fight on an impressive seven-fight win streak, including tough decision victories against Bryan Goldsby and Jose Vega in the opening rounds of the Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament. While those victories were impressive in their own right, West knows Makvosky may be his toughest test yet.

“I’ve definitely had to train differently for not only Zach, the fight itself,” West said regarding the potential five-round fight. “As the fight moves on it will become harder and harder to lock up a submission, and our endurance levels need to be taken to the next level. It’s going to be a war.”

While West is focused only on Makovsky, it’s difficult for the Tucson native not to look past the fight at hand and think about the glory that comes with being a Bellator champion.

“Winning the championship would be more important than anything I have done in the MMA world,” said West. “To win this tournament, you have to win three incredibly tough fights in six weeks. If you can pull that off, it speaks volumes, and it would take my game to the next level.”

Makvosky, a native of Philadelphia, is on a win streak of his own collecting victories in his last five fights. The 5-foot-8 grappling ace’s last two fights have gone the distance; however, the distance is longer in this fight.

“I’m not as concerned with Ed as I am with the length of this fight,” said Makovsky. “With that said, Ed is going to be a huge challenge, and probably the most well rounded fighter I have faced. I’m excited to see what I can do.”