Two Fights Removed From Bellator 253 Card, One Opponent Changed

Thursday’s Bellator 253 card has undergone numerous changes, with two bouts being scrapped and another being changed on Monday.

The card is now down to nine fights in total which are scheduled to happen at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.

The first of two bouts that is now off the card is a fight between Lance Gibson Jr. and Shane Kruchten. Per a report from Eric Kowal of, the fight was removed after Kruchten tested positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, a fight between Ricardo Seixas and Marcus Surin has been removed from the lineup, per a report from Nolan King of MMA Junkie.

The opponent for Sullivan Cauley’s pro debut has been swapped out, as the light heavyweight will now fight Jason Markland instead of Mark Glover.

Here’s the updated card for Bellator 253.

Bout 9: Darrion Caldwell (14-3) vs. AJ McKee Jr. (16-0) (Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinals)

Bout 8: Benson Henderson (28-9) vs. Jason Jackson (12-4) (Welterweight)

Bout 7: Joey Davis (7-0) vs. Bobby Lee (12-4) (Welterweight)

Bout 6: Jeremy Kennedy (15-2) vs. Matt Bessette (24-9) (Featherweight)

Bout 5: Keith Lee (7-3) vs. Raufeon Stots (14-1) (Bantamweight)

Bout 4: Baby Slice (3-2) vs. Kaheem Murray (3-3) (Lightweight)

Bout 3: Jaleel Willis (13-2) vs. Mark Lemminger (11-2) (Welterweight)

Bout 2: Jay-Jay Wilson (6-0) vs. Sergio DeBari (5-1) (Featherweight)

Bout 1: Sullivan Cauley (0-0) vs. Jason Markland (0-1) (Light Heavyweight)

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