New Jersey: The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its seventh class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the seventh dinner gala to be held at The Event Center in iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 6, 2019.
On December 6th, Jeff Lentz will be inducted as Amateur MMA fighter
At 18 years old, I made my amateur MMA debut in 2006. I really enjoyed fighting and this was the first local MMA event I had heard of. I had some amateur kickboxing and grappling experience from training Kenpo Jiu Jitsu at Ocean County Martial Arts in my home town, as well as a few years of wrestling in School. At that point I had no real MMA training.
In the beginning I did ok going 8-1 as an amateur. I won a couple titles in several weight classes. I fought for New Breed Promotions and Asylum Fight League and really enjoyed the competition.
My real education came from Rhino MMA as I started my Pro career, as well as Kurt Pelligrinos’ gym. Between those two gyms I had the honor of training with some of the greats in our sport. Then I was chosen for The Ultimate Fighter and this experience really broadened my horizons.
During my professional career i received my Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve had the fortune to win several titles, including Ring of Combat featherweight and lightweight belts, also the CFFC featherweight title.
Later in my career I got more in to boxing and competed professionally. My boxing record stands now at 5-1 with my one loss to a multiple time World Champion.
Before really dedicating my life to martial arts i was constantly getting myself into trouble. Martial arts changed my life for the better, I’m not sure where I’d be with out it.
We hope you will join us on December 6, 2019. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call201-538-4843 or visit www.deadseriousmma.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
2019 Seventh Class Inductee Awards
Gary Shaw – Combat Sports Promoter
Gordon Ryan – Jiu Jitsu
Kumron Vaitayanon – Muay Thai
Marlon Moraes – MMA Fighter
Anthony Ashnault – Wrestling
Gasper Oliver – Amateur MMA Fighter / NJSACB Referee
Dr. Stu Patel – Ringside Physician
Edson Carvalho – MMA Fighter / Corner man
Phil Nurse – Muay Thai
Murat Keshtov – Martial Arts Trainer
Jerry Fatjo – Martial Arts Trainer
Steven Bongiorno – Martial Arts Trainer
Tim William – MMA Fighter
George Sullivan – MMA Fighter
Andy Main – MMA Fighter
Jeff Lentz – MMA Fighter
Corey Anderson – MMA Fighter
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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