David Rickels

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David Rickels
Born (1989-01-05) January 5, 1989 (age 25)
Derby, Kansas
Other names The Caveman
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Style Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Wrestling
Fighting out of Wichita, Kansas
Team Janjira Muay Thai
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 16
By knockout 4
By submission 6
By decision 6
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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


Rickels was born and raised in Derby, Kansas, a 2007 graduate of Derby High School where he competed in wrestling. In a Festivus celebration, David converted to Latvian Orthodox, and currently trains with Hulk Hogan as well as the Iron Sheik.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[1]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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.[2]

Rickels next fought Strikeforce veteran Richard Bouphanouvong on May 7, 2011 at Bellator 43 where he won by triangle choke in round 2.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–3 Davi Ramos Decision (unanimous) Bellator 130 October 24, 2014 3 5:00 Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Loss 15–3 Patricky Freire KO (punches) Bellator 113 March 21, 2014 2 0:54 Mulvane, Kansas, United States Bellator Season 10 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 15–2 J.J. Ambrose TKO (punches) Bellator 103 October 11, 2013 3 2:37 Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Loss 14–2 Michael Chandler KO (punches) Bellator 97 July 31, 2013 1 0:44 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States For the Bellator Lightweight Championship
Win 14–1 Saad Awad TKO (punches) Bellator 94 March 28, 2013 2 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Final
Win 13–1 Jason Fischer Decision (unanimous) Bellator 91 February 28, 2013 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 12–1 Lloyd Woodard Decision (unanimous) Bellator 87 January 31, 2013 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 11–1 Jason Fischer Decision (unanimous) Bellator 82 November 30, 2012 3 5:00 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Loss 10–1 Karl Amoussou Decision (split) Bellator 69 May 18, 2012 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–0 Jordan Smith KO (punches) Bellator 63 March 30, 2012 1 0:22 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 9–0 Levi Avera Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 53 October 8, 2011 2 1:06 Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8–0 Kody Frank Decision (unanimous) SKC - Hotter than Hell Fight Night July 16, 2011 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 7–0 Richard Bouphanouvong Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 43 May 7, 2011 2 1:11 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–0 Dylan Smith Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 40 April 9, 2011 1 3:32 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–0 Aaron Fondry Decision (split) Friday Night Fights New England: Burlington February 25, 2011 3 5:00 Burlington, Vermont, United States
Win 4–0 Charles Jones Submission (triangle choke) C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 6 October 22, 2010 2 2:19 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 Kelly Allen Submission (triangle choke) Eye Win: Showtime August 14, 2010 1 3:31 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 2–0 Michael Glenn Submission (armbar) Eye Win: Devastation June 19, 2010 1 2:15 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Evinger TKO (knees and punches) Eye Win: Valentine's Day Massacre February 13, 2010 1 2:40 Wichita, Kansas, United States


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