Bellator Accused For Coercing Zach Makovsky For Less Money


It seems like Bellator is messing around with peoples pay days.

In a rant about legal troubles, Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez dropped Zach Makovsky’s name and a troubling experience he has with Bellator.

Makovsky’s had a record of 6-0 between the years of 2010 and 2011. He was on his way to becoming the bantamweight champ. Things went south in 2012 when he lost to Eduardo Dantes and Anthony Leone. He’s set for a comeback this weekend at CFFC 24.


Alvarez dropping Makovsky’s name led to him having to explain himself:

“The issue I had was that… so when I signed [those] additional fights to my contract, I had a potential raise against Dantas, and if I lost the fight I was supposed to go back to where I was. But Bellator has it that you’re at a certain rate, and if you win your pay goes up by 1,000/1,000 for your next fight and if you lose it stays the same. It never decreases. I won the tournament, I had two non title fights, so my pay scale increased for each of those fights. Then I signed this new part of the contract to fight Dantas, and if I lost I should have went back to where I was, not the original [salary], which is what they offered me. Basically what happened was, they weren’t going to give me another fight in 2012, besides Dantas. I had to kind of really push to get that fight with Leone. And then when I got the bout contract it was for 2,000 and 2,000 less than what I believe my contract said I should be fighting for.”

If you short a fighter $2,000/$2,000 there are going to be problems, and even bigger problems when that fighter is only fighting once or twice a year.

“What they did say was, that if I insisted on getting what my contract said, they wouldn’t be able to afford to put me on the card to fight for that, and that they could offer me this 2,000/2,000 less,” Makovsky explained. “So if I wanted to fight this year it’s basically… and it was my choice to accept the fight, but it was like ‘you can accept this, or you can wait till next year and fight and do whatever.’ That rubbed me obviously very poorly. I only had one [fight at that point in 2012] and I lost, so I didn’t have my win bonus. This is all I do right now, so I definitely needed at least a second fight in a year. I kind of had to accept those terms. It was unfortunate, and I did what I had to do because I needed a fight. That’s the story there and Eddie knew about it because we’re good friends and we talk. I never wanted to bring it up.”

The cat’s out of the bag now whether, Makovsky wanted it out or not. But it seems like he isn’t making it a huge deal of it. Makovsky did what he had to do in a bad situation and now he’s moved on. It will be up to him if he wants to take things further with Bellator.