Vassell (19-8-0-1NC) has won just one of his last four in Bellator, with that lone win coming over Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 234. Markes (19-7-0) is making his Bellator debut in this encounter and is also competing for the first time in over a year.
Lachinov (10-2-0) is undefeated thus far under the Bellator banner, last defeating Kyle Crutchmer by unanimous decision at Bellator 249. Nikaev (9-0-0-1NC) is making his Bellator debut in this encounter and does so with an undefeated streak that has lasted over nine years.
Franklin (2-0-0) has spent his entire professional MMA career in Bellator, defeating JW Kiser and Ras Hylton. Garrett (5-2-0-1NC) made his Bellator debut at Bellator 231, fighting Jake Hager to a no contest.
Bellator 254 takes place on Thursday, December 10 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on the CBS Sports Network.