Sources: Lentz to Meet Leone at Bellator 44 in Atlantic City


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 between reigning Bellator king Hector Lombard and 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.

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