While ‘'Fun Size'' understands Almabaev is as dangerous as they come, the focus for the American remains BRAVE Combat Federation's shiny flyweight world title belt.
So much so that Makovsky confided in a recent Instagram Live interview with BRAVE CF commentator Kirik Jenness that he keeps the BRAVE CF logo as the background of his phone for daily motivation.
"The BRAVE CF branding is the background of my phone, so I get to see the logo everyday before I train, before I wake up and everything," said Makovsky, who is very complimentary of his next opponent's skillset. "The belt is the main focus.
"I know I have a really tough challenge ahead of me in Asu. He is an amazing fighter from what I have seen. Having an 11-fight win streak and being 15-2 is incredible. He seems very well-rounded. I think he is not amazing at one specific thing, but he is very good at everything''.
However, there's still unfinished business regarding the BRAVE CF flyweight championship tournament. The crowning of the first BRAVE CF flyweight king will be revealed when Russia's Ali Bagautinov takes on fellow countryman Velimurad Alkhasov. It was Makovsky who lost the opportunity to fight for the BRAVE CF gold strap after he was on the losing side of a split decision against Alkhasov at BRAVE CF 50 in the semifinals.
It was a hard pill to swallow not only considering that he beat his Russian rival in their previous match at BRAVE CF 34, but also because he felt that he did more than enough to earn the second victory and advance to the finals of the inaugural BRAVE CF flyweight championship.
"I am bitter," says Makovsky. "It should be me in the finals. I have watched that fight many times, and I do feel confident that I won the first two rounds against Velimurad in that flyweight championship semifinal.
"I know all the commentators had scored it for me in that fight, and so did many fans. So I am bitter about this and I think I deserve that decision. I deserve to be in that final, but if it takes me one more step to get there, that would be great."