Bellator MMA returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena this evening for Bellator 254. The promotion was able to close out the pandemic year on a high note. Bellator 254 is the last event of the year for the promotion. It is headlined by women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlene. She takes on undefeated challenger Juliana Velasquez. Both women are putting their undefeated records at stake. Macfarlene is looking for her 5th title defense as Velasquez looks to end the Hawaiian’s dominate reign as champion.
Bellator 254 Results
The co-main event bout features two top bantamweight challengers. Magomedov and Matheus Mattos make their promotional debut. Both are former ACA competitors and are highly regarded. The main card kicks off with two heavyweight bouts.
Former title challenger Linton Vassell takes on former UFC veteran Ronny Markes. Before they step in to the cage though , Anthony Garrett and Davion Franklin kick off the main card.
The preliminary card begins at 8pm ET/5pm PT with the main card following at 10pm ET/7pm PT. One of the most notable fighters on the preliminary card is Shamil Nikaev. He’s also a former ACA fighter making his promotional debut. He’s taking on Kemran Lachinov. “Killer Kem” is coming off a huge victory over Kyle Crutchmer back in October.
Juliana Velasquez def. Ilima-Lei Mcfarlene by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
Magomed Magomedov def. Matheus Mattos by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
Linton Vassell def. Ronny Markes by TKO ( Ground & Pound) at 3:37 in Round 2 Romero Cotton def. Justin Sumter by Sub (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:36 in Round 1 Anthony Garrett* vs. Davion Franklin (Cancelled- Garrett not medically cleared to compete)
Shamil Nikaev def. Kemran Lachinov by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Grant Neal def. Maurice Jackson by Sub (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:59 in Round 2
Cody Law def. Kenny Champion by TKO (Ground & Pound) at 4:44 in Round 3
Billy Goff def. Robson Gracie Jr. by TKO (Standing Elbow Strikes) at 1:46 in Round 2
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