Philip George Baroni
April 16, 1976 
Long Island, New York, United States
|Other names||The New York Bad Ass|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Middleweight (2000-2008, 2011)
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
American Kickboxing Academy
Team Hammer House (formerly)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Amateur boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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Philip George Baroni (born April 16, 1976) is an American former professional mixed martial artist, former kickboxer and recent professional wrestler. Before crossing over fulltime to professional wrestling, Baroni competed in Bellator MMA's Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2000, Baroni has also formerly competed for UFC PRIDE, Strikeforce, Cage Rage, DREAM, EliteXC, and ONE FC.
- Background 1
Mixed martial arts career 2
- UFC 2.1
- PRIDE 2.2
- Feud with Frank Shamrock 2.3
- Steroid use 2.4
- ICON Sport 2.5
- EliteXC 2.6
- Cage Rage 2.7
- Strikeforce 2.8
- Return to UFC 2.9
- Post UFC 2.10
- ONE Championship 2.11
- Bellator MMA 2.12
- MMA commentating 2.13
- Professional wrestling 3
- Personal life 4
- Mixed martial arts record 5
- References 6
- External links 7
Baroni grew up in Massapequa Park on Long Island, NY. He attended Massapequa High School where he was on the wrestling team, but was expelled when he was a senior for assaulting a janitor at the school, only a week before the state wrestling championships in which he was ranked first. Baroni attended Nassau Community College and became a two time All-American wrestler there, placing fifth and second in the nation. Baroni then attended Hofstra University before transferring to Central Michigan University, where he was a double major in biology and psychology, and lived in Deerfield E14. He was also an amateur bodybuilder from the age of 17 to 20, competing in six shows in which he placed either first or second. He studied kickboxing under Keith Trimble, and had seven matches, winning all by knockout. He also competed in 10 amateur boxing matches, also winning all 10 by knockout.
Mixed martial arts career
Baroni debuted in the UFC in only his second professional fight, at UFC 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was against fellow striking specialist Curtis Stout, and Baroni won by unanimous decision. Baroni was an undefeated 3-0 before getting his second fight with the UFC at UFC 34 against Matt Lindland, whom Baroni would develop a rivalry with later in their careers. Baroni lost the fight by decision, and was handed his first professional loss. However, Baroni would then quickly make a name for himself in the UFC with several impressive stoppage victories. His signature win was a decisive KO victory over former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne on September 27, 2002. Baroni famously jumped on the top of the cage and proclaimed himself to be the "best eva" after the knockout of Menne.
Baroni then rematched Matt Lindland to whom he had previously lost to by judges' decision. In their rematch, Baroni suffered a second loss to Lindland by another judges' decision. He was then matched up against a teammate of Matt Lindland, future UFC Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner at UFC 45 – Revolution. Baroni dominated the beginning of the match against Tanner, but when the fight was stopped to check a cut on Tanner, Tanner regained his composure and the momentum turned, leading to the referee stopping the fight due to Baroni taking several undefended strikes on the ground. This decision was controversial as the referee Larry Landless had asked Baroni if he wanted to quit. Baroni said he believed he was asked if he wanted to continue, and said "yes". Landless stopped the bout, and was struck by a furious Baroni. Baroni was subsequently suspended for 4 months for striking the official. Upon his return Baroni got a rematch with Tanner at UFC 48 – Payback but went on to lose via decision.
Despite losing three fights in a row, the UFC matched Baroni against the relatively unknown Pete Sell. Following training with Enson Inoue, Baroni dominated early on with numerous takedowns and a dominant standup, however, Sell secured a guillotine choke and Baroni appeared to lose consciousness, but then tapped out for the first time in his career thereby ending the fight.
Baroni joined Hammer House soon thereafter and rebounded in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships promotion with several knockout victories against Ikuhisa Minowa, Ryo Chonan, and Yuki Kondo. On June 4, 2006, Baroni was summarily defeated by Ikuhisa Minowa, whom he had developed a rivalry with, via unanimous decision in the Bushido Welterweight Grand Prix 183 lb (83 kg) tournament in 2005.
On October 21, 2006 Baroni captured a victory over boxer turned mixed martial artist Yosuke Nishijima via kimura in the first round at PRIDE 32, PRIDE's first American show. In the post-fight interview Baroni humorously admitted that he did not know the name of the hold he applied and only saw it on television a couple days before the fight.
Feud with Frank Shamrock
Frank Shamrock and Baroni had engaged in a war of words following Shamrock's fight with Renzo Gracie. The two faced off at Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, a co-promotion between EliteXC and Strikeforce on June 22, 2007 on Pay-Per-View. Shamrock defeated Baroni, knocking him down with punches in the first round and finishing him off with a rear naked choke in the second round. It was ruled a technical submission victory for Shamrock as Baroni was choked unconscious before he could tap. Baroni stated many times that he was not going to tap anyway.
Following the Shamrock fight, the California State Athletic Commission announced that Baroni tested positive for two types of anabolic steroids, boldenone and stanozolol. Baroni appealed the $2500 fine and faced a one-year suspension. Ultimately, the fine was upheld although the suspension was reduced to six months.
Baroni had asked that the remaining urine from the test conducted by Quest be sent to the Carlson Company, a laboratory located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While it did not appear among the 40 facilities recommended by the CSAC, Carlson appealed to the fighter as a rare lab that tested for both DNA and steroids.
There was not enough of a sample for the lab to determine the identity of its owner, though Carlson apparently had enough to determine the sample they received from Quest did not contain boldenone or stanozolol.
Baroni faced Hawaii's Kala Hose on March 15, 2008 for the vacant ICON Sport Middleweight title. Former champion Robbie Lawler was stripped of the title due to his inability to defend it on numerous occasions. While Baroni came out strong during the first round of the fight, his stamina began to fade and Hose started to dominate the fight. Hose ultimately defeated Baroni by TKO early in the fifth round to become the new ICON Sport Middleweight Champion.
Baroni went up against Joey Villasenor in the first ever live network television broadcast of MMA on CBS. In the beginning of the fight Baroni looked really active and caught Villasenor's high kick which brought him down to the mat where Baroni threw a couple punches from guard. Baroni then let Villasenor stand up, Baroni then got tagged a couple times and was put into a guillotine choke. Villasenor then let go of the choke and started unloading unanswered punches that dazed Baroni prompting the referee to stop the fight at the 1:11 mark of the opening round. This was Baroni's second TKO loss in a row.
Baroni made his Cage Rage and Welterweight debut at Cage Rage 27 on July 12, 2008, against British fighter Scott Jansen. He began the fight with a solid takedown, and came close to finishing the fight with a tight straight armbar in which he appeared to hyper-extend Jansen's arm. Following a standup call from the referee, the two fighters exchanged, Baroni throwing a hard right to the body, followed by a right-handed haymaker which landed on Jansen's chin. Jansen dropped heavily, his head bouncing off the floor.
Afterward, Baroni went to check on Jansen and was blindsided by a brother of the flattened fighter that had made his way into the cage with the Brit's cornermen. Holding up his hands to fend off a headbutt, Baroni kept his cool and the encounter did not escalate.
Return to UFC
In late 2009 Baroni returned to once again fight in the UFC. He signed a multi-fight deal & his return fight was at UFC 106 on November 21, 2009 against TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah. Sadollah defeated Baroni by unanimous decision.
After a decision loss to Sadollah, Phil Baroni spent 2 months in Phuket, Thailand learning Muay Thai at Tiger Muay Thai (TMT) with legendary coach Kru Yod. He practiced kicks, knees and elbows to improve his striking game. He also celebrated his 34th birthday in Phuket. The TMT crew posted videos of Baroni's workouts, showing how the training sessions improved Baroni's stand up technique, and work with nutritionist/strength & conditioning coach brought Baroni back to incredibly good shape in two months.
Baroni stated his intentions to return to the Middleweight division.
Baroni next fought TUF 11 alumni, Brad Tavares at UFC 125. After dropping Tavares with a left hook early, Baroni was caught with a high kick in the later part of the round with Tavares eventually securing the TKO victory. At the post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Baroni said that he is expecting to be cut from UFC, but he refuses to quit. Baroni was then subsequently released.
He held a UFC record of 3–7.
After his UFC release, less than two weeks later, Baroni signed a new multi-fight contract with Titan Fighting Championships. He fought at Titan Fighting Championships 17 against Nick Nolte. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Baroni returned from shoulder surgery against local favorite Chris Holland on June 2, 2012 at Ring of Fire 43: Bad Blood. Baroni dominated Holland in the first round, taking Holland down multiple times and landing heavy punches that opened a gash above Holland's left eyebrow. Baroni was visibly tired heading into the second round and was rocked by multiple hooks from Holland, Baroni ended up losing via TKO due punches in the second round.
On July 18 it was announced that Baroni would be facing Yoshiyuki Yoshida at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3. Baroni lost the fight via unanimous decision. After the fight Baroni had surgery on a shoulder injury which had affected him since college.
On August 31, 2012 Baroni faced Rodrigo Ribeiro at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation. Baroni stunned Ribeiro with the first punch he threw, Baroni chased a wobbly Ribeiro landing heavy punches as the Brazilian retreated; Baroni then knocked Ribeiro down with a punch combination and finished the fight due to soccer kicks and punches just sixty seconds into round one. Baroni became the first man to ever knock out Ribeiro, the 60-second victory marks Baroni's first knockout win in over four years.
It was announced on March 13, 2014 that Baroni had signed a deal with Bellator MMA, and was expected to make his debut against Jesus Martinez on May 2, 2014. However, Baroni was forced out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Ryan Contaldi.
In 2014 Baroni is training to become a professional wrestler at D'Lo Brown Pro Wrestling Academy.
Baroni and his girlfriend were married on October 12, 2008. Baroni was formerly represented for years by MMA agent Ken Pavia but after his move to American Kickboxing Academy Baroni's been managed by Bob Cook and DeWayne Zinkin of Zinkin Entertainment and Sports Management. Phil is now managed by pro mma fighter and professional wrestler Matt "The Granimal" Granahan's the American Combat Association since his move to professional wrestling along with other UFC stars turned pro wrestlers Kamal Shalorus and Dan Severn Before becoming a professional fighter, Baroni worked various jobs including construction, delivering pizzas, bouncing and a car salesman.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||15 wins||18 losses|
|Loss||15–18||Karo Parisyan||TKO (punches)||Bellator 122||July 25, 2014||1||2:06||Temecula, California, United States|
|Loss||15–17||Nobutatsu Suzuki||TKO (punches)||ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power||May 31, 2013||1||4:17||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Loss||15–16||Hayato Sakurai||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 18||December 31, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–15||Rodrigo Ribeiro||TKO (soccer kicks and punches)||ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation||August 31, 2012||1||1:00||Manila, Philippines|
|Loss||14–15||Chris Holland||TKO (punches)||Ring of Fire 43: Bad Blood||June 2, 2012||2||2:50||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||14–14||Yoshiyuki Yoshida||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion||September 3, 2011||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||14–13||Nick Nolte||Decision (unanimous)||Titan Fighting Championships 17||March 25, 2011||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||13–13||Brad Tavares||KO (knees and punches)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||1||4:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||13–12||Amir Sadollah||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 106||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–11||Joe Riggs||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||13–10||Olaf Alfonso||Decision (unanimous)||PFC 10: Explosive||September 27, 2008||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||12–10||Ron Verdadero||TKO (punches)||ICON Sport: Hard Times||August 2, 2008||1||0:51||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Catchweight (175 lb) bout.|
|Win||11–10||Scott Jansen||KO (punch)||Cage Rage 27||July 12, 2008||1||3:20||London, England||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||10–10||Joey Villaseñor||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Primetime||May 31, 2008||1||1:11||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||10–9||Kala Hose||TKO (punches)||ICON Sport: Baroni vs. Hose||March 15, 2008||5||1:45||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||For ICON Sport Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||10–8||Frank Shamrock||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||2||4:00||San Jose, California, United States||For Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||10–7||Yosuke Nishijima||Technical Submission (kimura)||PRIDE 32 The Real Deal||October 21, 2006||1||3:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (195 lb) bout.|
|Loss||9–7||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–6||Yuki Kondo||KO (punch)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||1||0:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–6||Ikuhisa Minowa||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–5||Ryo Chonan||KO (punch)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||1||1:40||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||7–5||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (stomps)||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||2||2:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–5||Chris Cruit||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Fighting Challenge 11||March 5, 2005||2||N/A||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||5–5||Pete Sell||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 51||February 5, 2005||3||4:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Evan Tanner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 48||June 19, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Evan Tanner||TKO (punches)||UFC 45||November 21, 2003||1||4:42||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Matt Lindland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 41||February 28, 2003||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–1||Dave Menne||KO (punches)||UFC 39||September 27, 2002||1||0:18||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||4–1||Amar Suloev||TKO (punches)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||1||2:55||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Matt Lindland||Decision (majority)||UFC 34||November 2, 2001||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Robert Sarkozi||TKO (punches)||WMMAA 1: MegaFights||August 10, 2001||1||1:05||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Curtis Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 30||February 23, 2001||2||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Hayes||TKO (punches)||Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 9||August 5, 2000||1||0:35||Plainview, New York, United States|
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- "Phil Baroni off UFC 118 card due to collarbone injury". mmajunkie.com. July 27, 2010.
- "Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125 on Jan. 1". October 11, 2010.
- "Phil Baroni Released From UFC Following Loss at UFC 125". MMAweekly.com. 2011-01-04.
- "Phil Baroni makes debut with Titan Fighting". MMAjunkie.com. February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- "Ring of Fire 43: Chris Holland Takes Out ‘NY Bad Ass’ Baroni in Two". MMAWeekly.com. June 3, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- Nelson, Chris. (2011-07-18) Baroni-Yoshida, Gregor Gracie Added to One FC’s Sept. 3 Debut. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
- "Phil Baroni: I'm a greasy, fast Italian/American monster and I'm gonna hurt Ribeiro real bad". Combat Asia. August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
- "Following TKO Loss, Phil Baroni Out of One FC Fight with Roger Huerta". MMAWeekly.com. June 3, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
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- "One FC Partners with Glory Sports International". sherdog.com. November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
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- "Phil Baroni vs. Karo Parisyan added to Bellator 122". mmafighting.com. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "Interview With Jason Appleton, the Man Behind MMA Big Show". October 23, 2009.
- Tabuena, Anton (February 10, 2012). "Asian MMA Update: Phil Baroni To Serve As Color Commentator On Sapp vs. Thompson, ROAD FC 6 Fight Videos". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Some Poor Woman Married Phil Baroni". Cagepotato.com. October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
- mynuvotv.com. "The Men of Fight Factory: Where Are They Now?". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- Professional MMA record for Phil Baroni from Sherdog
- Official MySpace Page
- NERDSociety – Interview with Controversial Phil Baroni