Leone slaps at the taller Baca’s lead leg with kicks in the tentative opening minute. Baca sticks a couple jabs in the New Yorker’s face while Leone keeps the leg kicks coming from the outside. A trio of wide punches from Leone is dodged by Baca, who answers with a nice leg kick of his own. Midway through the round and the bantamweights continue to exchange mostly kicks. Baca slips a left and drops Leone with a pretty counter-right with just over 60 seconds on the clock. Leone regains his senses and drives forward on a high single-leg which Baca defends with the help of the fence and a wide sprawl. Leone keeps trying for the takedown but can’t complete it before round’s end.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Baca
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Baca
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Baca
Leone came back from an early
knockdown to win by sub.
Leone gets back to rattling off leg kicks but still can’t land cleanly with his punches as Baca scoots backward to avoid the offense. Another single-leg attempt from Leone is sprawled on, and this time Baca looks to grab a headlock as he sprawls in a near-north-south position. Leone won’t relent on the single-leg even as Baca stands up and taps his body with short punches and elbows. With 90 seconds left, Leone finally completes the takedown and tries to go straight to back-mount. The cage blocks Leone from sinking in both hooks as Baca posts with his right arm. Leone keeps trying to soften him up with punches and runs out of time as he works for the RNC.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Leone
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Leone
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Leone
Baca tries to keep Leone at bay with punches early in the round but quickly finds himself back on the floor with Leone picking up where he left off. Even though Leone still doesn’t have his hooks in, he gets his arm under Baca’s chin and squeezes to force the tap. With a submission win at 1:07 of round three, Anthony Leone moves on to face Rafael Silva in the final of Bellator’s 2013 Summer Series bantamweight tournament.
Anthony Leone def. Frank Baca via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 1:07