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Undefeated welterweight David Rickels signs with Bellator

Bellator Fighting Championships added another submission savvy scrapper to their roster today with the signing of David Rickels, an 8-0 welterweight out of Kansas who already has a pair of wins under the promotion’s banner.

News of Rickels’ signing was announced through an official press release where CEO Bjorn Rebney explained, “David made a strong impression on us during our fourth season, and we’re happy to have him joining Bellator full time.”

Rickels pulled off back-to-back submissions earlier this year after turning pro in 2010 and racking up a series of stoppages with only a single decision in the bunch. More than half of his total wins have come as the result of a Triangle Choke, a stat likely causing a bit of concern amongst some of his peers given their wrestling backgrounds.

No word has surfaced on whether or not Rickels will serve as an alternate in Bellator’s upcoming welterweight tournament but the organization did make it clear he will definitely be in action sooner than later.


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