Anthony Leone

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Anthony Leone
Born (1987-05-27) May 27, 1987 (age 29)
Center Moriches, New York, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 63.0 in (160 cm)
Fighting out of Center Moriches, New York, United States

Bali Muay Thai & MM Camp

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Phuket Top Team[1]
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 15
By submission 8
By decision 7
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 3
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. He fights in the flyweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut


Leone went to Center Moriches High School in New York and then went to college at The University of Hawaii at Hilo.

At the age of 20, Leone spent 11 months training alongside at the B.J. Penn Mixed Martial Arts academy in Hilo, Hawaii. Anthony splits his training time between Phuket Top Team in Phuket, Thailand, and Team Bomb Squad in New York.[2]

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.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

After going 8-0 in regional shows, Leone signed with World Extreme Cagefighting.[4] Leone lost to Renan Barão at WEC 49 and was released from the promotion.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Leone then signed with the Bellator MMA and came in to fight as a late replacement.[5] He lost to Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 28.

He faced Jeff Lentz at Bellator 44 on May 14, 2011 and lost via unanimous decision.[6]

Leone faced Claudio Ledesma at Bellator 68 on May 11, 2012. Leone won the fight via split decision.[7]

Leone defeated former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky at Bellator 83 via split decision.

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.[8] 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.[9]

Absolute Championship Berkut[edit]

Leone faced Chechen super star MMA prospect Rasul Albaskhanov at ACB 49: Rostov onslaught on 26 November, 2016. He won the fight via submission in the third round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–7 Rasul Albaskhanov Submission (guillotine choke) ACB 49: Rostov Onslaught November 26, 2016 3 0:28 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 14–7 Shamil Magomedov Submission (rear-naked choke) WFCA 16 - Grand Prix Akhmat March 12, 2016 2 4:46 Grozny, Russia Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 Tournament Quarterfinals
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

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