Bellator releases former champion Zach Makovsky Jason Floyd December 22, 2012 Following his second straight defeat, Bellator MMA has released former bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky from the organization. Courtesy of Bellator Makovsky announced the news on Twitter and TheMMAReport.com has been able to confirm the news with Bellator officials. The former champion thanked Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney for the opportunity, but was surprised he was released by the company. “Honestly shocked but thank you for the opportunity,” Makovsky tweeted. Makovsky became the first ever Bellator bantamweight champion when he won the inaugural tournament during the third season. After winning the title, he had two non title fights in Bellator before he made his first title defense earlier this year. His first title defense came in April at Bellator 65 when he faced Eduardo Dantas and he was defeated by technical submission in the second round. He returned to the Bellator cage earlier this month against Anthony Leone and was defeated by split decision.