Phil Baroni‘s first match as a welterweight was a resounding success, as the New York Badass dominated Scott Jansen to a first-round knockout victory at Cage Rage 27 last night in London. Unexpectedly, Baroni quickly got the fight to the ground, scoring a smooth double-leg takedown shortly after the bell and effortlessly controlling Jansen from the top. After an armlock attempt didn’t pan out, Baroni moved to full mount, but both men were quickly ordered to their feet by the ref. Baroni then reverted back to his bread and butter, turning out Jansen’s lights with a perfect right hook; Baroni returned after the stoppage to shake the hand of his still-sleeping opponent.
About thirty seconds later, Baroni made the mistake of going back again to check on Jansen, and one of Jansen’s cornermen responded by headbutting him — or “nutting” him, as the commentators colorfully put it. (“Wot’a dizgrace.”) The headbutter conveniently disappeared after the confrontation, while Baroni scored big-time respect points for not chasing him down and tearing his dumb ass apart. Video of the fight and post-fight assault is above; the questionable ref standup is at 3:36, the knockout punch is at 3:58, and the headbutt is at 4:45. Baroni competes next at Icon Sport: Hard Times (August 2, Honolulu), where he’ll face 3-5 Jesus Is Lord jobber Ron Verdadero.
In other action at Cage Rage 27, Neil Grove defeated Robert Berry in their rematch, stopping “Buzz” via strikes in the second round, while Mustapha Al Turk scored a first-round ground-and-pound TKO over James McSweeney to win the Cage Rage British heavyweight title. Full results are after the jump.
Phil Baroni def. Scott Jansen via KO, 3:18 of round 1
Neil Grove def. Robert Buzz Berry via TKO, 1:29 of round 2
Mustapha Al Turk def. James McSweeney via TKO, 2:06 of round 1
Tom Watson def. John Phillips via unanimous decision
Stav Economou def. Piotor Kusmierz via unanimous decision
Robbie Olivier def. Ashleigh Grimshaw via submission (rear-naked choke), 4:01 of round 2
Brad Pickett def. Cristian Binda via submission (guillotine choke), 2:52 of round 2
Aisling Daley def. Eva Lisko via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:18 of round 1
Jason Young def. Francis Heagney via unanimous decision
Wesley Brown def. Mark Brown via TKO, 0:31 of round 1
Jody Cottham def. Umidjon Mavlyanov via submission (guillotine choke), 3:16 of round 2
Dave Vangasse def. James Elson via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:43 of round 3