Linton Vassell is coming off a stoppage victory over Sergei Kharitonov in the Bellator cage. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Bellator 254 will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and feature a title bout between undefeated flyweights Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez in the main event.
Vassell (20-8, 1 no contest), who moved up to heavyweight after dropping back-to-back bouts to Ryan Bader and Phil Davis in Bellator, is coming off a second-round knockout victory over longtime MMA veteran Sergei Kharitonov in November 2019.
Markes (19-7) has been scheduled to make his Bellator debut three times already, but his heavyweight fights with Josh Barnett and Matt Mitrione were canceled for various reasons. Markes hasn’t competed since a second-round TKO win over Sigi Pesaleli at PFL in June 2019.