January 5, 1989|
Derby, Kansas, United States
|Other names||The Caveman|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Wichita, Kansas|
|Team||Janjira Muay Thai|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
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 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.
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 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 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
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||19 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||19–5 (2)||Michael Page||TKO (retirement)||Bellator 200||25 May 2018||2||0:43||London, United Kingdom||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||19–4 (2)||Adam Piccolotti||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 189||December 1, 2017||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Catchweight (160 lb) bout.|
|Win||18–4 (2)||Aaron Derrow||TKO (punches)||Bellator 171||January 27, 2017||3||0:44||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|NC||17–4 (2)||Melvin Guillard||NC (overturned)||Bellator 159||July 22, 2016||1||2:14||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Originally KO loss. Overturned when Guillard tested positive for a banned substance.|
|Win||17–4 (1)||Bobby Cooper||TKO (knee and punches)||Bellator 150||February 26, 2016||1||3:49||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||16–4 (1)||Michael Chandler||TKO (punches)||Bellator 145||November 6, 2015||2||3:05||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|NC||16–3 (1)||John Alessio||NC (illegal knee)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||1||2:24||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|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||Mount 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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