Promotion officials announced the change on Wednesday. Bellator 189
takes place at Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville,
Okla., on Dec. 1 and is headlined by a women’s featherweight title
tilt between Julia Budd
Blencowe. The card airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Rickels-Piccolotti is expected to be a 160-pound catchweight
Rickels, a former lightweight title challenger, is coming off a
third-round TKO of Aaron
Derrow in his most recent appearance at Bellator 171 on Jan.
27. “The Caveman” has been with Bellator since 2011, compiling a
13-4 career mark with two no contests.