MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

And Now He’s Fired: Phil Baroni


(The record shows he took the blows / and did it hiiiiiiiis waaaaaaaay. Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

After suffering a first-round knockout at the hands of Brad Tavares at UFC 125 — his second-consecutive loss since returning to the UFC in November 2009, and his third-straight loss overall — it appears that Phil Baroni‘s latest stint in the UFC has officially ended. Versus’s MMA Beat passed along confirmation of his release last night. The firing was no surprise to Baroni, who intends to stay very active in 2011 and work his way back to the big leagues.

The 34-year-old currently holds an MMA record of 13-13, with a 3-7 lifetime record in the UFC. Baroni hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon since declaring himself "the man" after storming Dave Menne at UFC 39 in September 2002. Tough break for the NYBA, but maybe we’ll finally get to see that rubber match with Minowaman.

Semi-related: Matt Brown, who has lost his last three fights in the UFC, all by second-round submission, is reportedly getting another shot against British welterweight Mark Scanlon (7-1, 0-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 3 in March. Go figure.

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Waxedpants- January 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm
And the Lord spaketh " Let there be a Minnowaman vs. Baroni III!" And there was much rejoicing.
BryanF- January 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm
YES!

Baroni VS Minowaman III

Here it comes!
DARKHORSE06- January 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm
The best evah!

This guy might suck at fighting but at least he keeps it interesting.
Joe-Say Aldo- January 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Guy in UFC shirt: "Hey bro', check out this douche in the sunglasses and leather jacket. Ha!"
KarmaAteMyCat- January 4, 2011 at 10:05 am
@ Viva

Perphaps he can drop baroni elbows in the asian Pro Wrestling market.
Viva Hate- January 4, 2011 at 9:35 am
Good luck Phil, on to bigger and better thing, Wereguido movies and that next season of Jersey Shore.
LOKI- January 4, 2011 at 9:22 am
At least he's still got the used car bidness to fall back on.
Seoul Brother- January 4, 2011 at 8:25 am
@Payday: That's like saying, "if Joe Rogan didn't smoke pot..."
Payday- January 4, 2011 at 8:06 am
Buh-bye Phil. Maybe if you were not such a douchebag I'd feel a little bad for you.
fatbellyfrank- January 4, 2011 at 8:04 am
Head down under Phil. open a gym, I bet someone would back you for at least twelve months, pass on your industry knowledge, training techniques from the big leagues etc etc
Yazloz18- January 4, 2011 at 7:43 am
Well Baroni went out each fight with his back against the wall....literally....eating shot after shot

I guess that Amir and Tavares just proved to be too TUF for the New York Bad Ass
Seoul Brother- January 4, 2011 at 7:27 am
@Loki: As Bill Maher said, "I must be wearing orthopedic shoes, because I stand corrected.
LOKI- January 4, 2011 at 7:13 am
No, no, no! Its; "Now go home and get'cher fuckin' shinebox!"
LOKI- January 4, 2011 at 7:10 am
Meanwhile, back and to the left, Mark Coleman contemplates to himself how it all went so wrong.
SumDumGuy- January 4, 2011 at 7:05 am
why did my post get removed... Maybe people are right about jews and media
Smitty- January 4, 2011 at 6:13 am
This is an outrage!!!! Naw, just fuckin with ya.
Morningwood- January 4, 2011 at 6:12 am
awesome caption.

Wonder if Baroni helped Zuffa decide by saying he expected to get fired in his post fight interview.

Seoul Brother- January 4, 2011 at 6:05 am
Now go shine my fuckin' shoes!
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