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Other names  The Caveman
Name  David Rickels
Nationality  American
Height  1.83 m

Fighting out of  Wichita, Kansas
Weight  70 kg
Team  Janjira Muay Thai
Number of contests  1
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Born  January 5, 1989 (age 26) Derby, Kansas (1989-01-05)
Division  Lightweight Welterweight
Style  Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Wrestling

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David Rickels (born January 5, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Lightweight division.


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Rickels was born and raised in Derby, Kansas, a 2007 graduate of Derby High School where he competed in wrestling. He then went on to attend Butler Community College.

Early career

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Rickels made his professional mixed martial arts debut in February 2010 winning by TKO in the first round and went on to compile an undefeated record of 5-0 before being signed by Bellator.

Bellator Fighting Championships

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Rickels made his Bellator debut on April 9, 2011 at Bellator 40 where he defeated formerly undefeated Dylan Smith by a first-round triangle choke submission.

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Rickels next fought Strikeforce veteran Richard Bouphanouvong on May 7, 2011 at Bellator 43 where he won by triangle choke in round 2.

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After defeating Levi Avera with a third-straight win by triangle choke in Bellator in 2011, Rickels was featured in the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament in 2012. He faced Jordan Smith in the opening round of the tournament at Bellator 63 and won via KO at just 22 seconds into the first round. In the semifinals at Bellator 69, Rickels faced Karl Amoussou. The bout was back-and-forth but in the end, Amoussou won the fight via controversial split decision, giving Rickels his first professional loss.

Rickels returned to face Jason Fischer at Bellator 82. He won via unanimous decision.

Rickels was picked to enter the Lightweight Season 8 Tournament where he defeated Lloyd Woodard in the quarterfinals at Bellator 87 via unanimous decision. Rickels was to face Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy, but Sarnavskiy fractured his hand during his first fight and had to withdraw from the tournament. Rickels instead faced Jason Fischer in a rematch and won via unanimous decision. In the finals at Bellator 94, Rickels took on Saad Awad. He dropped Awad with a right hand at the very end of the second round, but Awad remained resting on his back instead of getting up to his corner, resulting in the referee declaring an end to the match, controversially making Rickels the winner by TKO.

With the tournament win, Rickels faced undefeated 11-0 Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler at Bellator 97. He lost the fight via knockout at just 44 seconds into the first round.

In March 2014, Rickels entered into the Bellator season 10 lightweight tournament, where he faced Patricky Freire in the opening round at Bellator 113. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.

Rickels faced Davi Ramos on October 24, 2014 at Bellator 130. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Rickels faced John Alessio at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015. Rickels almost finished Alessio in the first round, but an unintentional illegal knee from Rickels landed on Alessio's head when he was down and prompted the referee to stop the fight. Alessio couldn't continue and the fight was overturned to a no contest.

Rickels had a rematch with Michael Chandler on November 6, 2015 at Bellator 145. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Rickels faced Melvin Guillard on July 21, 2016 at Bellator 159. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. However, the loss was overturned to a No-Contest after Guillard tested positive for a non-performance-enhancing banned substance.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Bellator Fighting Championships
  • Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Championship
  • References

    David Rickels Wikipedia