Former lightweight title challenger David Rickels will try his hand at 170 pounds when he faces Brennan Ward at Bellator 185.
The California-based promotion recently announced the pairing. Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 20 and is headlined by a middleweight showdown pitting Gegard Mousasi against Alexander Shlemenko.
Rickels last appeared at Bellator 171, where he scored a third-round technical knockout of Aaron Derrow on Jan. 27. “The Caveman” debuted with Bellator in 2011 and has compiled a 12-4 record with two no contests in the Scott Coker-led organization.
Ward, meanwhile, has lost three of his last four fights, including a third-round submission defeat against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 182 on Aug. 25. The 29-year-old Waterford, Conn., is 9-6 in the promotion, with all of his victories coming inside two rounds.