After fulfilling their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract obligations, perennial flyweight contenders Ali Bagautinov and Zach Makovsky have official parted ways with the promotion. According to a report by MMA Junkie, UFC officials confirmed earlier this week that the promotion will not attempt to re-sign either fighter.
Bagautinov, 31, compiled a 4-3 record while competing under UFC rule. He lost his lone title bid opposite champion Demetrious Johnson back at UFC 174 before testing positive for EPO and serving a one-year suspension. The Russian wrestler went 1-1 in 2016, losing to Kyoji Horiguchi in last Octagon appearance at UFC Fight Night 99.
Makovsky, 33, compiled a 3-4 record since joining the promotion in 2013. “Fun Size” holds key victories over veterans Tim Elliot and Scott Jorgensen, but has lost his last three Octagon outings. He never seemed to win the big fight despite serving as one of the division’s best athletes.
On paper, this seems like a reasonable decision by UFC. Neither fighter has done enough to climb the flyweight ladder over the past few years and showed little improvement in 2016. However, in such a skinny division where every title contender has been dismantled by “Mighty Mouse,” maybe the promotion should have re-signed at least one of the veterans. The door is still open in 2017 if Bagautinov or Makovsky can create some success elsewhere.
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