Zach Makovsky released by Bellator

Updated: December 23, 2012, 6:52 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky has been released by the promotion.

Makovsky revealed the news Saturday on Twitter.

"Yes released," Makovsky said. "But as every door closes, new ones (maybe better ones) open."

Makovsky (14-4) defeated Ed West by unanimous decision in October 2010 to claim the Bellator bantamweight title. He would win two nontitle bouts before losing his belt to Eduardo Dantas on April 13.

In his most recent bout, the 30-year-old Makovsky was on the short end of a split decision to Anthony Leone. The fight was held on Dec. 7 at Bellator 83 in Atlantic City, N.J.