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UFC and Bellator veteran Zach Makovsky‘s brief foray into free agency is over, as it has been announced that the American has signed a three-fight deal with European promotion ACB.

The 33-year-old was released from the UFC late last month, just a few days before the promotion embarked on a mass release of talent, largely from the lighter weight classes.

Makovsky (19-8), was released off the back of a three-fight losing streak against fighters ranked in the top of the UFC’s Flyweight division. With that being said, Makovsky left the promotion with a 3-4 record, with all seven of his fights going to the judge’s scorecards.

The former NCAA Division I wrestler joins Russian promotion ACB, who have recently begun turning heads by signing established names, including several who feature on next month’s ACB 54: Supersonic card. Fellow UFC veterans Luke Barnatt, Vinny Magalhães and Pat Healy are just a few names competing on that card.

ACB’s current Flyweight Champion is Dagestani Askar “Bullet” Askarov, a 24-year-old who holds an unbeaten 8-0 professional record. Askarov most recently defeated another UFC veteran at ACB 48, submitting Brazilian journeyman Jose Maria Tome (37-6). That win snapped a four-fight winning streak for Tome since leaving the UFC.

Interestingly, Makovsky, who is also an eight-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, is joined on the ACB roster by fellow American Anthony Leone. Leone (15-7) who defeated Makovsky by controversial split decision in what was to be “Fun Size’s last appearance for the promotion, back in 2012. The 29-year-old won his ACB debut last November, and whilst he is the number one contender to Askarov’s belt, according to the promotion’s official rankings, a rematch between the two could be down the line.