Phil Baroni is one of the most colorful and enigmatic fighters in all of MMA. The former professional kickboxer, collegiate wrestler and amateur boxer has made a name for himself as a knockout artist who isn't afraid to stand and trade shots. He's also both endeared and angered fans with his flashy ring entrances and boastful post fight comments.
For better or worse, Baroni has endured a rollercoaster ride through the landscape of MMA frought with debilitating lows, but always with the will to hold on knowing that another high was just around the bend.
Baroni dropped down to welterweight last year after suffering a three fight losing streak at middleweight. Three fights later he finds himself undefeated (3-0) in the weight class and has been very impressive in all three outings.
FiveKnuckles.com cought up with Baroni over email to discuss a number of issues including; the ups and downs of his MMA career, his upcoming fight with Joe Riggs, and his recent move to the middleweight division where he's enjoyed a career resurgence.
Me too! I think Riggs is taking Baroni very lightly. He sound pretty confident in this interview too. I read on another forum that Riggs is already thinking about Shields. If this is true, he "could" be in for a rude awakening.
Riggs is gonna tear Baroni apart. Phil has always been overrated and that is worse than it sounds because no even thinks is anything special. Its good to know that all it takes is a bunch of losses to mid level fighters and a loud mouth to get yourself attention.