Two former Zuffa talents will lock horns at
Bellator 44 in Atlantic City, N.J., as Jeff Lentz
squares off with Anthony
Leone (Pictured) in a featherweight duel.
Sherdog.com learned of the matchup from a source close to the event
on Thursday. Headlined by a non-title middleweight superfight
Bellator king Hector
UFC veteran Falaniko
Vitale, Bellator 44 goes down May 14 from Caesars Atlantic City
Hotel and Casino.
A former competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12, Lentz
fought his way into the fighter house by defeating Dan Head in the
round of 32. Lentz’s next bout would not end as favorably, however,
as he was submitted by Alex
Caceres with a second-round triangle choke. Though featured
prominently in the season's first few episodes, the
Pellegrino MMA representative never made his official UFC
debut. Most recently, he lost a unanimous decision to Ryan
Roberts at an Extreme Challenge event in February.
After winning the first eight fights of his pro career, Leone has
hit a rough patch, dropping three straight bouts. In his first and
only appearance in the little blue cage of the
WEC, Leone was submitted by
Renan “Barao” in June. The
Team Bombsquad fighter then made his Bellator debut in
September, falling by unanimous decision to Georgi
Karakhanyan. Most recently, Leone fought for Strikeforce,
suffering a TKO via doctor's stoppage to Josh
LaBerge at “Fedor vs. Silva” in February.