Weekend warriors: Amoussou, Rickels stand out at Bellator and Iaquinta wins on TUF

Maggie Hendricks

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Amoussou, Rickels shine at Bellator

Karl Amoussou moved on to the Bellator welterweight semifinals with a rear naked choke just two minutes into his bout with Chris Lozano. David Rickels wasted no time, knocking out Jordan Smith in just 22 seconds. Ben Saunders tried every submission in the book, but couldn't finish Raul Amaya on the way to a unanimous decision win. Bryan Baker, who was once a finalist in the Bellator middleweight tournament, won a less-than-thrilling split decision over Carlos Pereira.

Al Iaquinta stops Team Cruz

On "The Ultimate Fighter," Team Faber was in desperate need of a win. It came in the form of a three-round split-decision win over Myles Jury. Both Jury and Iaquinta were supposed to appear on earlier seasons of TUF, but injuries kept them off the show.

In their bout, Jury started strong with kicks in the first round. He tried for a choke late in the round, but couldn't secure it. Iaquinta pressed forward in several exchanges as he took a close second round. Since they were tied after two, Iaquinta and Jury went to a third round. Iaquinta came on strong in the third round, swarming Jury with strikes as he pushed ahead to win the final round.

With that, Team Faber won their first bout of the season and the next fight pick. On Friday, Michael Chiesa will represent Team Faber against Jeremy Larsen of Team Cruz.

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