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Old 05-18-2010, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Phil Baroni returns at 118 in Boston

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Polarizing welterweight slugger Phil Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) looks for his first UFC win since 2002 when he returns to action at UFC 118.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Baroni has verbally agreed to fight on the card, though an opponent has yet to be determined.

Featuring a lightweight title rematch between new champ Frankie Edgar and the recently dethroned B.J. Penn, UFC 118 is expected to take place on Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden.

Baroni debuted for the UFC in February 2001. Despite sporting just a 1-0 record in mixed martial arts at the time, the "New York Bad Ass" earned a decision win over Curtis Stout at UFC 30.

After additional wins over Dave Menne and Amar Suloev, Baroni dropped four-straight contests to Pete Sell, Evan Tanner (twice) and Matt Lindland and was released by the UFC in 2005.

Baroni then spent the next four years garnering mixed results while fighting for PRIDE, Strikeforce, EliteXC and a handful of regional promotions while trying to make his way back to the UFC. Despite suffering a loss to Joe Riggs in June 2009, the UFC did come calling, and Baroni signed back on with the promotion in time for a November 2009 matchup with Amir Sadollah at UFC 106.

Prior to the fight, Baroni admitted to MMAjunkie.com that being back on the big stage was a big opportunity, but he was doing his best to treat the fight like any other.

"I've got to try and block that out and say, 'Hey, it's just a fight,'" Baroni said. "Once you get in there, it's a cage. I've been in cages and rings all around the world."

Despite his mental approach and training with American Kickboxing Academy, Baroni lost a one-sided decision to Amir Sadollah.

Baroni likely needs a win to keep his spot in the organization.
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Is anyone really interested in seeing this guy fight anymore? Surprised he wasn't dropped after losing to Sadollah tbh. He seemingly hasn't improved his game since he started. He's only threatening in the first minute of a fight, then after that he's relying on heart alone. He did show some real heart against Amir though tbf, after getting dominated, with Sadollah putting on a Muay Thai clinic. He was getting his arse handed to him, but still hung around. Who do you think he'll end up fighting? It's almost certainly going to be someone coming off a loss, so James Wilks? Daniel Roberts? Charlie Brenneman? Any ideas?
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, what does this guy have to do to be cut? This guy was only mediocre even back in the days when Tank Abbot was good and by today's standards he is terrible. I don't get it. Kimbo is terrible but far more marketable than this clown and he was cut so why keep this guy?
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I hope he's on the undercard as I really do not wish to see him fight anymore. Really would of thought he'd of been cut, or not even brought back.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is anyone really interested in seeing this guy fight anymore?
Not I. I'm not a fan of unskilled fighters regardless of how 'entertaining' they are. I'm here to see skill not a brawl, and Baroni certainly doesn't shape up to the former.

I guess most people out there do like to see unskilled fights though, and that's all they're going to get when fighters like Baroni are involved. Except if they get tooled by someone with skill, like he did against Sadollah.

I'd rather just see fights where both guys are skilled fighters. If I want to see scrappy fights just for the 'entertainment' element of two guys punching each other in the head lots of times, I'd go to a bar and watch drunken louts fighting and leave MMA as a sport.

As you can tell I don't like the sort of attitude where a war is more important than how good the fighter is. I guess there has to be a tradeoff to please the masses.
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Aye, dunno what the UFC were thinking bringing him back in the first place. He was 3-1 after 3 straight losses. Those 3 wins came against Scott Jansen?, Ron Verdadero? and Olaf Alonso?, and then he lost against Joe Riggs before getting snapped up by the UFC. Very strange.
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Maybe they see it as Boston + Baroni= some kind of regional intrest....iono not that into it but maybe he can put on a show
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I'm sick of watching him fight. He sucks compared to the other guys in the UFC, or MMA period. Cut him and be done with it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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He can put on an exciting fight, but he still has no gas tank.
You'd think he'd train some cardio, considering it's been a problem for him for so long.
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A Phil Baroni fight, OR a jon fitch fight? whos the NYBA fighting, honestly still interested, since the welterweight top end has degraded to lay n pray battles.
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