Even after a year removed from his release from Bellator MMA, Zach Makovsky could find himself back in the title picture very soon.

But instead of doing it in Bellator or in the rising Resurrection Fighting Alliance banner where Makovsky claimed the flyweight championship in last month, this time the 31-year-old has a great chance to fight for the UFC flyweight belt when the calendars are turned over to the new year.

“My ultimate goal now is to get to the UFC,” Makovsky told The MMA Corner in November before his RFA title bout. “I think they need to still build their 125 division a little bit, so I’m really hoping to try and get there.”

His goal has already been accomplished, but the new bar for Makovsky, we can assume, is to capture UFC gold. “Fun Size” has already made a step in the right direction by earning his first win inside the Octagon at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14.

Makovsky stepped up as injury replacement with just over a week until the event to face Scott Jorgensen. After going five rounds almost a month prior, Makovsky defeated “Young Guns” by unanimous decision to state his case for being a future title contender.

After all, with the lack of current contenders at 125 pounds and Makovsky’s own resume, plus a win over a former perennial bantamweight contender like Jorgensen, how can you deny the possibility?

If you look at the flyweight division, there are currently no top contenders waiting in the wings. Most flyweights in the rankings are coming off losses, with John Dodson (who is injured), Ian McCall, John Lineker, Ali Bagautinov and Chris Cariaso being the only top-10 names who are coming off wins. In fact, Makovsky’s name should find its way into the top 10 following his impressive display over a tough fighter in Jorgensen.

If the UFC gives Makovsky a top-10 opponent, perhaps one of the aforementioned fighters, and he is able to add another impressive win, the two-time champion should be given a title shot, as long as the timing works. The UFC’s flyweight division’s slim roster means that it doesn’t take much to earn a title shot. If a fighter wins two or three fights in the row, they’ve done enough. Just ask Joseph Benavidez, Dodson and John Moraga, all of whom needed just a few wins to fight the champion.

Speaking of the champion, how exactly would Makovsky fare against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson?

Obviously, Johnson has shown how dominant of a champion he has become by knocking out Benavidez in the first round, so it’s going to be difficult for anyone to dethrone him. However, Makovsky has as good of a chance as anyone.

Makovsky is well-rounded behind a NCAA Division I wrestling background, and unlike most flyweights in the UFC, “Fun Size” has been in five-round fights before. If Makovsky fights Johnson and the bout goes into deep waters, he will be prepared for it. Makovsky was on point with his takedowns against Jorgensen, even after not going through a full training camp, so in 2014, we will get to witness how the wrestler performs when fresh.

The message is out to fellow flyweights. Now it’s time for Makovsky to back up his case for being a legitimate UFC championship contender next year.

Photo: Zach Makovsky (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.