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Linton Vassell controls Markes at Bellator 254 – Post-Fight Media Scrum

Heavyweights Linton Vassell and Ronny Markes will collide at Bellator 254 on Dec. 10.

Linton Vassell once thought about quitting MMA, but he’s since moved up to heavyweight where he is feeling motivated and keen to rejuvenate his career ambitions as he looks to earn his 20th professional career victory against Ronny Markes at Bellator 254.

Vassell (20-8, 1 no contest), who recently moved up to heavyweight after dropping back-to-back losses to Ryan Bader and Phil Davis in Bellator at light heavyweight, 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 originally slated fights with Josh Barnett and Matt Mitrione were canceled for various reasons. Markes hasn’t stepped inside the cage since a second-round TKO win over Sigi Pesaleli at PFL in June 2019.

#Bellator254 Results: Linton Vassell (@LDV_TheSwarm) def. Ronny Markes via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 3:37

Bellator’s final card of 2020 shapes up like:

Bellator 254: Macfarlane vs. Velasquez Main Card:
CBS Sports Network
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT 

Flyweight World Title Main Event: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-0) vs. Juliana Velasquez (10-0)
Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Magomed Magomedov (16-1) vs. Matheus Mattos (12-1-1)
Heavyweight Bout: Linton Vassell (19-8, 1 NC) vs. Ronny Markes (19-7)

Middleweight Bout: Romero Cotton (4-0) vs. Justin Sumter (7-3)

Preliminary Card:
CBSSports.com | Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Welterweight Bout: Robson Gracie Jr. (3-0) vs. Billy Goff (2-2)
Featherweight Bout: Cody Law (1-0) vs. Kenny Champion (2-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Grant Neal (4-0) vs. Maurice Jackson (7-2)
Welterweight Bout: Shamil Nikaev (9-0, 1 NC) vs. Kemran Lachinov (10-2)

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