Rickels Bolts Bellator For BKFC
One of Bellator’s longest-tenured fighters has walked away from the Viacom owned promotion and signed with the BKFC.
David Rickels, who spent nine years fighting for Bellator announced that he will debut for BKFC on March 14th in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
Rickels left the organization as their all-time leader in fights with 23, fighting all but four of his pro fights inside the Bellator cage.
“Dave is excited to headline for BK on their debut in Wichita. It is an opportunity that we just could not pass up,” Rickels’ manager Oren Hodak told MMA Junkie in a statement,
“MMA fights are still on the radar for ‘Caveman’ as we explore the world of free agency. When you have an athlete that is truly an entertainer inside and out of the cage, opportunities will always be there. We still have a great relationship with Bellator and will continue conversations with them as well. But for now his next epic walkout will be for BK.”
Spending a majority of his career fighting at lightweight and welterweight, Rickels debuted for Bellator in April 2011, earning a lightweight title shot against then-champion Michael Chandler in 2013.
Rickels joins former UFC fighter Thiago Alves as the most recent signings for the BKFC, which also features former UFC fighter Artem Lobov, Charles “Crazy Horse” Bennett, Chris Leben, and other ex-mma fighters on their roster.