Bellator 219 Adds Caveman Rickels vs. A.J. Matthews

David'Caveman' Rickels
David 'Caveman' Rickels Credit: Dave Mandel/

Caveman Rickels will take on A.J. Matthews on the undercard of Bellator 219 later this month in Temecula, CA.

A certain Caveman will be taking his talents to Temecula later this month. On Thursday, Caveman Rickels (properly David Rickels) announced on social media that he was joining the Bellator 219 card. His opponent at the event will be none other than A.J. Matthews. Surprisingly given Rickel’s popularity, the fight will be part of the preliminary card.

Rickels (20–5 (2)) is coming off a win over Guilherme Vasconcelos, better known as ‘Bomba.’ The Caveman won that bout by unanimous decision at Bellator 210 back in November. It was a fight that helped eliminate the sting of a tough loss to Michael ‘Venom’ Page at Bellator 200.

With his unique entrances and entertaining fight style, Rickels has become a fan favorite in Bellator. He holds promotional records for most fights in Bellator MMA, and most wins among non-champions. Bellator 219 will mark his 22nd fight in the promotion.

A.J. Matthews (9–8) returns to the Bellator cage in the midst of a major slump. 1-5 in his last six fights, Matthews is coming off a loss against Logan Storley at Bellator 204. His only win since 2015 came via split decision against Kendall Grove at Bellator 193 last year.

Matthews formerly competed for Strikeforce, King of the Cage, and has appeared for RIZIN FF during his Bellator MMA run.

Bellator 219 takes place March 29 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Saad Awad faces Brandon Girtz in the main event.