It’s been an interesting day for the “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni as word surfaced that Strikeforce released the welterweight. “We wish Phil the best of luck and hope he can revive his career,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said regarding Baroni’s release. Don’t feel too bad for the 33-year old as it appears he’s moving on up to the UFC.
According to a report by Sherdog, Baroni has verbally agreed to a contract with the world’s premier MMA promotion.
Baroni last fought in the Octagon at UFC 51 against Pete Sell, where he lost by submission. It was his fourth consecutive loss in the UFC following back-to-back wins.
Best known for his flamboyant and interesting entrances, Baroni has always shown great heart. His courage was never more apparent then in his fight against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock. Baroni refused to tapout to Shamrock’s rear naked choke, choosing instead to go unconscious rather than giving Shamrock the satisfaction of getting an official submission.
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC uses Baroni as he currently owns a less than impressive 13-11 record, including a recent loss to Joe Riggs this past June.