Lentz the underdog pulls out the Decision in his home, ah unanimous!...
Red is the agreed upon theme in this bout with Leone sporting red trunks and Lentz red hair. Leone starts the round going to work on Lentz' legs with a series of low kicks. Lentz finally gets fed up and comes in on Leone but the WEC vet counters with a double leg. It proves unsuccessful and the subsequent scramble sees Leone pinned up against the cage. Lentz fails to take advantage of the position though and the action comes back to the middle with more kicks from Leone. Lentz tries to come in on Leone again but again Leone thwarts any attempts at sustained offense. Lentz finally tries to go after Leone with a back wheel kick but thatmisses. Leone tries to counter and the scramble sees Lentz toss Leone for his only sustainable offense in the round. Round one goes to Leone, 10-9 on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Knowing he lost the first frame, Lentz goes after Leone with an early takedown attempt and pins his foe up against the cage. A little more than 90 seconds in and Leone finally shrugs Lentz off and we're back to the center. Leone has been going to work on Lentz' lead leg and this round is no different. Lentz tries to answer with big flashy shots but nothing has landed flush to this point. Lentz pins Leone up against the cage again this time with 90 seconds left in the round but Leone has done well defending and keeping Lentz at bay. A scramble off the cage late sees Leone drop down for a leglock but nothing comes of it. A closer round, but is' still Leone's 10-9.
Both featherweights exchange punches early but then a left high kick by Lentz clips Leone's eye. Leone puts his hand to his eye clearly showing he was affected but the ref lets the action go and Lentz takes advantage jumping on Leone. Lentz eventually gets Leone to his back form the scramble and starts to work from half guard. Leone works a guillotine though with Lentz on his heels against the cage. Leone fights off the submission attempt but he's still in trouble with less than two minutes to go in the round. Leone looks for Lentz' leg but Lentz sprawls well, staying away from the takedown attempt. Lentz has spent most of the round in a dominant position but hasn't put Leone away as the Ithaca native is defending well. The round ends with Lentz jumping up on the cage to the delight of the hometown crowd. Lentz wins the last round 10-9, but loses 29-28 on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Official scores: All three judges -- Jeff Blatnick, Will Mason and Suzanne Sanidad -- score the bout 29-28 for the winner unanimous decision, Jeff Lentz. The Jersey crowd is elated at the announcement.