Report: Two Fights Changed, One Canceled For Bellator 251


This Thursday Night’s Bellator 251 card has undergone some changes, as Chris Curtis has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been replaced against Austin Vanderford by Vinicius De Jesus. Also, Nainoa Dung has also been pulled from a bout against Piankhi Zimmerman and has been replaced by Ali Zebian, while a light heavyweight bout between Terrance Jean-Jacques and Gustavo Trujillo has been pulled from the card for undisclosed reasons.

My MMA News and MMA Junkie first reported the changes.

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Vanderford (9-0-0) is competing for the first time in almost a year, as his last bout happened in November of 2019. De Jesus (9-3-0) is competing in Bellator for the first time in over a year, as his last promotional appearance came at Bellator 216 in February of 2019.

Zimmerman (5-4-1) is making his Bellator debut in this encounter, despite not winning a fight in almost two years. Zebian (4-2-0) is also making his Bellator debut in this bout and the fighter is the current Premier FC lightweight champion.

Bellator 251 takes place on Thursday, November 5 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Corey Anderson and Melvin Manhoef headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on the CBS Sports Network.

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