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And Now He’s Fired: Bellator Cuts Phil Baroni for Coming to War Machine’s Defense

(Surely a “Wistful Waistcoat Wednesday” is on the horizon. via Baroni’s instagram.)

Scott Coker is not fucking around, folks. Just a few weeks into his position as the new President of Bellator MMA, the former Strikeforce CEO has already shifted the promotion’s schedule from weekly to monthly eventsgranted Eddie Alvarez the unconditional release he’s been requesting for years now, and severed all ties with War Machine. As a matter of fact, Coker doesn’t want his new promotion to be associated with anyone even within Koppenhaver’s social circle, it seems, as longtime supporter/friend Phil Baroni found out the hard way yesterday.

Although his firing has yet to be made official, it appears that Baroni has in fact been let go for his ongoing support of War Machine, even as the horrendous allegations and charges against him continue to pile up. Then again, Baroni’s defense of his former training partner could just be the out Coker was looking for to send the NYBA packing. For one, Baroni’s dropped his past three fights in a row. For two, he was smoked by Karo Parisyan in his promotional debut at Bellator 122. And for three, he can’t even spell the name of the promotion he was fighting in. Three strikes, you’re out!

Now, if only we can make it to the end of this sentence without Coker immediately contradicting his decision to steer clear of anyone even relatively involved in a domestic violence case…

-J. Jones

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