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Goiti Yamauchi vs. Nate Andrews added to Bellator 254 fight card

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An exciting lightweight matchup has been added to Bellator’s next event.

Bellator officials announced Saturday night that Goiti Yamauchi will welcome Nate Andrews to the promotion at Bellator 254. The event takes place Dec. 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and airs on CBS Sports Network.

After dropping a unanimous decision to Michael Chandler at Bellator 192, Yamauchi has won his last three fights. The 27-year-old bounced back with a split decision win over Daniel Weichel, and earned consecutive stoppage victories over Saad Awad and Daron Cruickshank.

For years, Andrews was widely regarded as one of the best 155ers not signed to a major promotion after winning 15 of his first 16 professional fights. The former CES MMA lightweight champion went on to sign with the Professional Fighters League in 2019 and went 1-2 in the organization with both losses coming to Chris Wade.

Bellator 254 will be headlined by a women’s flyweight title fight between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez.