Linton Vassell vs. Ronny Markes Among Bellator 254 Additions


A plethora of bouts have been added to Bellator 254 as Linton Vassell faces Ronny Markes, Kemran Lachinov faces Shamil Nikaev and Davion Franklin faces Anthony Garrett.

MMA Fighting first reported Vassell vs. Markes, while MMA Junkie first reported the remaining bouts.

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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.

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