Joseph Benavidez Thwarts Zach Makovsky In Decision Win

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The third fight on the main card of UFC Fight Night 82 featured a flyweight clash between Team Alpha Male stalwart Joseph Benavidez (24-4) and Zach Makovsky (19-7).

Makovsky followed up an inside leg kick with a huge takedown. Benavidez quickly got back up. “Fun size” ate a combination. An inside elbow found its target for Benavidez. He then landed a nice right hand and threw a head kick. Benavidez continued to put together some combinations until the horn sounded.

Benavidez landed a clean knee to the body one minute in the second stanza. Makovsky missed a spinning backfist. “Fun Size” went for a takedown, but Benavidez scrambled out. The same scenario played out seconds later. Makvosky earned a takedown and got both hooks in. Benavidez quickly got out and the round came to a close.

The final frame began and Makovsky pushed his opponent against the fence. That didn’t last long and Benavidez threw him off. Benavidez connected with an uppercut to the body. Makvosky landed a leg kick, but Benavidez threw some stiff elbows while “Fun Size” found his back against the fence. A right hand caused Makovsky to stumble. Benavidez dropped “Fun Size” with a punch as the final horn sounded.

The decision was clear.

Final Result: Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)