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Old 02-10-2008, 02:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Robbie Lawler Stripped of his Icon Sports title!

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Lawler has been stripped of the _title_ for failing to adequately defend the _title_. As TJay said today at the presser:

"2007 was a tough year for Icon. Robbie pulled out of our Feb, June, and December shows. Its not fair. So its only fair to Icon Sport, Kala Kolohe , who has been waiting a year for his _title_ shot, and - most importantly - the FANS that we strip Lawler of the _title_. Its the right thing to do."

So...on March 15 in Icon Sport: TO HELL AND BACK Kala Kolohe will fight Phil Baroni for the vacant _title_,

Phil comes in as an immediate _title_ contender. His entire career is built upon fighting the best MWs in the World in the UFC, Pride, and Strikeforce. He has KO wins over Ryo Chonan, Ikuhisa Minowa, UFC Champ Dave Menne, Amar Sulouev, and Yuki Kondo. Phil is one of the most feared strikers in all of MMA.

Phil said:
"This is a long time coming (speaking of his arrival to Icon). I guess Lawler is afraid to fight this guy (Kala), but I'm not. Kala is like a young version of me. But I've been fighting top my guys my whole life and I’m going to show the Hawaiian fans what a REAL middleweight champ looks like. I'm taking the Icon belt home with me on March 15th."

Tickets should be available at the end of next week. Keep your eyes on mmahawaii.com for an on-sale announcement.
It has been awhile since he beat Frank Trigg! Oh well, at least he's still the EliteXC champion!
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bad for Lawler, but the right thing to do...

Anyone know what his injury is that is keeping him out for so long?
He looked to be just coming into his prime in his fights against Trigg and Ninja, so it really has to suck for him to be sidelined now...can't wait for him to get back and match up against Baroni...
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It has been awhile since he beat Frank Trigg! Oh well, at least he's still the EliteXC champion!
Im confused. So Icon stripped him. But he is the EliteXC MW champ too right? he got that belt by beating Ninja. And they are saying Phil signed with Elite, but he is fighting for the Icon belt??
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Robbie Lawler has done this before, so really, it shouldn't be too surprising. I enjoy watching him punch fools in the face, but man, he needs to start getting more active. He's way too good to be inactive.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What the hell, I thought Baroni was to fight Kikuta at Sengoku?
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Fine with me. Id rather not have Robbie fighting guys that nobodies heard of in Icon.
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What the hell, I thought Baroni was to fight Kikuta at Sengoku?
I thought that to. I dont maybe hell do both?
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What the hell, I thought Baroni was to fight Kikuta at Sengoku?
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Outspoken middleweight fighter Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni (10-8) has signed a non-exclusive, multi-year deal with EliteXC.

ProElite, Inc., the parent company of EliteXC, today made the announcement.

Baroni will make his EliteXC debut at the organization’s March 15 event, which is co-promoted by ICON Sport, according to today’s press release. EliteXC has not yet named an opponent for the 31-year-old fighter.

Additionally, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though EliteXC confirmed that Baroni will be allowed to continue fighting for Strikeforce, with whom he’s currently signed to a multi-fight deal.

“You know any Jersey boy like me likes a New York badass, and Phil’s definitely as bad as they come,“EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw stated in today’s press release. “Phil is a promoter’s dream. He’s a character but also as courageous a fighter as I’ve been around.

“But what I truly love about him is he always comes not only to fight but to win and put on a show. He’s a crowd-pleaser extraordinaire.“

Baroni, a former UFC and PRIDE fighter, most recently suffered a second-round submission to rival Frank Shamrock at a June 2007 Strikeforce/EliteXC show. In a drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission, the Long Island native tested positive for Boldenone and Stanozolol steroid Metabolites. He was fined $2,500 and suspended a year. Baroni denied taking banned substances and filed an appealed. The CSAC later reduced the suspension to six months.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the cage and kicking (butt),” said Baroni. “Everybody knows I got hurt early and couldn’t do everything I wanted to do against Shamrock. But I’m 100 percent now, ready for anybody. I pity the guy I fight next or the one after that. Trust me; everybody is going to pay from here on out.“

Baroni could eventually challenge EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, who defeated Murilo “Ninja” Rua for the title in September.
Should explain it along with the OP.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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How long has Baroni vs Lawler been talked about, 3 years?
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