Ten Fight Card in Place for Bellator 253

A former lightweight world champion will be venturing up 15lbs. giving Bellator 253 its 10th fight & co-main event.

Former UFC champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson is set to square off with former VFC, Titan FC, & LFA champion Jason “The Ass-Kicking Machine” Jackson.

Henderson is coming off a knockout loss to Michael Chandler which ended a four-fight win streak. The MMA Lab’s Henderson will marke his fourth trip up to welterweight, where he has gone 2-1 submitting Brandon Thatch & beating Jorge Masvidal by decision, before losing a decision to Andrey Koreshkov in his promotional debut.

Jackson has won five of his last six fights. The Sanford MMA member comes in off consecutive decision wins over Kiichi Kunimoto & Jordan Mein. 

Bellator 253 is November 19th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Prelims on CBSSports.com & the Bellator MMA Youtube pager at 5 p.m ET, main card on CBS Sport Network at 7 p.m. ET.

Main Card

  • Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinal Bout: Darrion Caldwell (14-3) vs. A.J. McKee (16-0)
  • Welterweight Bout: Benson Henderson (28-9) vs. Jason Jackson (12-4)
  • Welterweight Bout: Joey Davis (7-0) vs. Bobby Lee (12-4)
  • Bantamweight Bout: Keith Lee (7-3) vs. Raufeon Stots (14-1)


  • Featherweight Bout: Matt Bessette (24-9) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (15-2)
  • Lightweight Bout: Lance Gibson Jr. (3-0) vs. Shane Krutchen (12-5)
  • Lightweight Bout: Kevin Ferguson Jr. (3-2) vs. Kaheem Murray (3-3)
  • Catchweight 140 lbs. Bout: Gaston Bolanos (5-3) vs. Johnny Soto (3-1)
  • Welterweight Bout: Mark Lemminger (11-2) vs. Jaleel Willis (13-2)
  • Lightweight Bout: Ricardo Seixas (9-2) vs. Marcus Surin (6-2)

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