Aaron Bronsteter of TSN first reported the bouts.
Kennedy (15-2-0-1NC) is making his Bellator debut in this bout and the fighter did win three of four when competing in the UFC. Bessette (24-9-0) is returning to Bellator after a four-plus year absence, but he enters this contest while riding a two fight winning streak.
Gibson Jr. (3-0-0) made his promotional debut at Bellator 232, defeating Dominic Jones by first round knockout. Kruchten (12-5-0) is winless thus far under the Bellator banner and he hasn’t won a fight in almost four years.
Bellator 253 takes place on Thursday, November 19 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Darrion Caldwell and AJ McKee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on the CBS Sports Network.