Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko takes place on October 20th, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main event features the Bellator MMA debut of former UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi as he meets former Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko. In the co-main event, Brennan Ward takes on “The Caveman” David Rickels.
- Bellator Light Heavyweight contender Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was scheduled to meet fellow contender Liam McGeary at the event but was forced to pull out of the event due to injury.
- October 9th, 2017: It is being reported that Light Heavyweight contender Liam McGeary has pulled out of his scheduled fight against Bubba McDaniel at Bellator 185. Liam McGeary, 12-2, was at one time scheduled to meet King Mo Lawal but due to an injury, he sustained he was forced out of the fight and later replaced by Bubba McDaniel. With Liam McGeary out of the event, Bellator has also pulled Bubba McDaniel from the event as a whole. Brennan Ward vs. Dave Rickels has been promoted to the new co-main event of the evening.
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
- Brennan Ward vs. David Rickels
- Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
- Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres
- Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine
Preliminary Fight Card
- Vinicius DeJesus vs. Joaquin Buckley
- Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin
- Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis
- Jordan Young vs. Alec Hooben
- Kevin Carrier vs. Kastroit Xhema
- Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza
- John Beneduce vs. Dean Hancock