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We want your predictions for Thursday’s Bellator 254 event in Connecticut.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator 254 event staff predictions we release Wednesday ahead of the event. Bellator 254 takes place Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on CBS Sports Network following prelims on MMA Junkie.

Make your picks for the four main card fights below.

Ronny Markes vs. Linton Vassell

Records: Ronny Markes (19-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Linton Vassell (20-8 MMA, 8-5 BMMA)
Past five: Markes 3-2, Vassell 2-3
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 12.07.20): N/A

Nate Andrews vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Records: Nate Andrews (16-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Goiti Yamauchi (25-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA)
Past five: Andrews 3-2, Yamauchi 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 12.07.20): N/A

Magomed Magomedov vs. Matheus Mattos

Records: Magomed Magomedov (16-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Matheus Mattos (12-1-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Past five: Magomedov 4-1, Mattos 4-1
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 12.07.20): N/A

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Juliana Velasquez

Records: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA), Juliana Velasquez (10-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA)
Past five: Macfarlane 5-0, Velasquez 5-0
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: Macfarlane No. 2, No. 8 pound-for-pound; Velasquez No. 9
Odds (as of 12.07.20): N/A

Full Bellator 254 fight card

MAIN CARD (CBS Sports Network/DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Juliana Velasquez – for women’s flyweight title
Magomed Magomedov vs. Matheus Mattos
Nate Andrews vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Ronny Markes vs. Linton Vassell

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 7:15 p.m. ET)

Romero Cotton vs. Justin Sumter
Maurice Jackson vs. Grant Neal
Kemran Lachinov vs. Shamil Nikaev
Davion Franklin vs. Anthony Garrett
Kenny Champion vs. Cody Law
Fabio Aguiar vs. Mike Jasper
Billy Goff vs. Robson Gracie Jr.

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