May 27, 1987 |
Center Moriches, New York, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||63.0 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Center Moriches, New York, United States|
Phuket Top Team
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Anthony Leone (born May 27, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Bantamweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2008, Leone has also formerly competed for the WEC and Strikeforce.
Leone spent 11 months training alongside at the B.J. Penn Mixed Martial Arts academy in Hilo, Hawaii, when Leone was 20 years old. Anthony splits his training time between Phuket Top Team in Phuket,Thailand, and Team Bomb Squad in up state New York.
Leone was a silver-medallist at the Pan-American Games in no-gi jiu jitsu and placed Bronze in the World no-gi Championships. The wrestler and jiu jitsu player brought strong grappling credentials with him into his Mixed Martial Arts career, and embarked on an eight fight winning streak before the big promotions took note and snapped up the youngster, then based in Hawaii at BJ Penn’s Academy.
His brother Andrew Leone is a MMA fighter as well and competes in the Flyweight division.
Mixed martial arts career
On July 31, 2013, Leone defeated Frank Baca at Bellator 97 in the Semifinals of the Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament via rear naked choke.
On October 4, 2013, Leone was defeated by Rafael Silva at Bellator 102 in the Finals of the Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament via unanimous decision. However, Silva suffered a knee injury and Leone was called to step in and fight Eduardo Dantas for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship on March 7, 2014 at Bellator 111. After winning the first round, Leone lost in the second round due to a rear-naked choke submission.
Leone has since part ways with Bellator.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||13–7||Eduardo Dantas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 111||March 7, 2014||2||2:04||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||For Bellator Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||13–6||Rafael Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 102||October 4, 2013||3||5:00||Visalia, California, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||13–5||Frank Baca||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||3||1:07||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||12–5||Zach Makovsky||Decision (split)||Bellator 83||December 7, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–5||Claudio Ledesma||Decision (split)||Bellator 68||May 11, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–5||Paul Gorman||Submission (armbar)||New England Fights: Fight Night||February 11, 2012||2||2:11||Lewiston, Maine, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Loss||9–5||Brylan Van Artsdalen||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||XFE: Cage Wars 8: House of Pain||July 29, 2011||1||1:45||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–4||Bill Jones||Decision (unanimous)||World Championship Fighting 11||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Jeff Lentz||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 44||May 14, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Josh LaBerge||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||February 12, 2011||1||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Georgi Karakhanyan||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 28||September 9, 2010||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Renan Barão||Submission (armbar)||WEC 49||June 20, 2010||3||2:29||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||8–0||Tateki Matsuda||Decision (split)||Xtreme Championship Fight League 2||March 26, 2010||5||5:00||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||7–0||Doug Sonier||Submission (armbar)||Blood Brothers MMA 2||November 28, 2008||1||1:27||Akwesasne, New York, United States|
|Win||6–0||Dustin Pague||Submission (choke)||PA Fighting Championships 1||November 6, 2009||2||4:58||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||5–0||Chris Grandmaison||Decision (unanimous)||World Championship Fighting 6||March 14, 2009||2||5:00||Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–0||Pat White||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WCA: Pure Combat||February 6, 2009||1||4:36||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jeff Denz||Decision (unanimous)||RW 2: Rage in the Cage||January 24, 2009||3||3:00||Irving, New York, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Correira||Submission (armbar)||Cage Fight: MMA 3||November 8, 2008||1||1:49||Bedford, New Hampshire, United States|
|Win||1–0||Tyler Kahihikolo||Decision||ROTR: Beatdown 7||June 28, 2008||N/A||N/A||Hawaii, United States|
- "Anthony Leone's Tapology Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- "Sherdog Prospect Watch: Anthony Leone". Sherdog.com. 2010-08-20.
- "Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone talks about fighting Geje Eustaquio in ONE FC, and more".
- "Anthony Leone signs with WEC, meets Renan Barao on WEC 49 prelims". MMAJunkie.com. 2010-06-04.
- "WEC vet Anthony Leone replaces injured Alvin Robinson at Bellator 28". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-09-01.
- "Bellator 44 Live Results: Anthony Leone vs Jeff Lentz". Bellator.com.
- "Bellator 68 results: Straus downs Sandro in tourney final, Galvao edges Marx". MMAJunkie.com. May 12, 2012.
- Staff. "Anthony Leone Replaces Injured Rafael Silva, Faces Eduardo Dantas for Bellator Bantamweight Title". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Ex-title challengers Eric Prindle, Anthony Leone, among 19 fighters released by Bellator". sherdog.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.