A loss is always a devastating blow to any fighter’s career. All the training, dedication, financial investment, and mental preparation to not reap the fruits of one’s labor is certainly not the results a competitor desires stepping inside the cage. Yet as many MMA comeback stories have taught us, defeat is merely a wall one must jump over to reach their goals.

Bellator lightweight primal combatant David “Caveman” Rickels has discovered a positive incentive out of his shortcomings which has served as motivation in his push to reach the top.

Building some confidence with a stream of wins, it seems as though victory was guaranteed heading into his long-awaited rematch against Michael Chandler. However the events of Bellator 145 would reveal another case of deja vu as Rickels would suffer his second defeat at the hands of the former lightweight champion. After a brief moment of frustration and downing his favorite whisky beverage, things soon became clear for the Caveman in rebuilding and becoming a better fighter.

“Learning from a loss is very important in this game, “he said. “When I lost the fight it really made me look at the changes I need to make to be better than a Michael Chandler.”

Since the loss at Bellator 145, Rickels has discovered new ways in reinventing himself as a fighter. Switching his fight camp, Rickels has enlisted the help of The Elevation Fight Team in Colorado. The experience training in the Mile High City has re-sparked the caveman fire in unlocking his hidden potential.

“In my last fight camp I felt like that is the best I could have been. That is when I realized I needed to seek out new information to get better. Training with UFC elites, being at high altitude, and have two fresh new coaches here at Team Elevation has given me that spark of confidence I needed.”

Rickels has spent a lot of time with his new fight team learning new skills in preparation for his upcoming fight. Making his 16th appearance under the promotional banner, The Caveman will be back in action at Bellator 150, live from the Kansas Star Arena in Muluane, Kansas.

In a battle of the Kansas colonies, The Kansas native will square off against Kansas City, Missouri’s rising star, Bobby Cooper (12-5). Rickels looks forward to getting back on the winning side with a victory over Cooper.

“Feels great to be back in action especially since I will be defending my territory from this guy who claims to be a local named Bobby Cooper. I knew about Bobby Cooper for quite some time and I knew inevitably we would end up fighting. I look forward to beating him in my city.”

It’s a long fight to the top, something David “Caveman” Rickels is built for. This is his life, his career, his passion which allows him to push through adversity in becoming a future Bellator champion. A win over Cooper will push him in that direction.

From his cage entrance to highlight savagery in the cage, you can always count on Rickels putting on a great show which makes this a must see lightweight bout fight fans don’t want to miss!

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.