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Good News, Phil Baroni Is Still Acting Totally Sweet

(Baroni was kind enough to take a break from filming the new "Miami Vice" movie in order to drop by the Strikeforce press conference.)

MMA needs characters just as much as it needs the stoic types who just bore everyone by doing nothing but winning fights and keeping their mouth shut.  But God bless Phil Baroni, who will make sure there is never a dull moment when he shows up to your party.  Looking over the quotes from yesterday’s Strikeforce presser it’s enough to make you wonder whether they didn’t open with a standup routine from Baroni.  Just check out some of the gems he dropped on the mic in St. Louis yesterday.

On fighting styles and management choices:

"I asked my agent – I said ‘hey get me a southpaw to fight.’  My agent’s pretty stupid.  He said ‘What’s that?  He didn’t know what a southpaw was.  So, I said "It’s a (expletive) left-handed fighter.  I’m real good at fighting lefties.  Lefties are made to order for me.  They eat straight right hands and I’ve got a pretty (expletive) big one.  I’m going to put it right on his kisser."

On the usual press conference niceties:

"Never mind being in shape.  I’m not thanking anybody for being here.  Any promotion that has me, it’s lucky for them.  No one’s kissing anyone’s asses.  I’m just ready to fight and beat the (expletive) out of him."

On Joe Riggs:

"Really, there’s not much to say.  Joe’s 25 years old and he’ll have his day.  On June 6, I’m knocking him the (expletive) out. I’m going to (expletive) him up bad. I’m going to bust him up the whole (expletive) fight.  It’s up to him how long he wants to last.  Whether he wants to last one round or he wants to last three – I’m going to (expletive) him up."

On man’s doomed struggle to stave off death:

"It’s do or die for me and I ain’t (expletive) ready to die.  I got a lot of fighting left in me.  Joe’s young.  I’m a man now and I think he’s a boy.  Someday I’ll probably commentate for Joe when he’s fighting for a world title.  This is my time.  I’m going to take care of my business and that starts with Joe and everyone else at 170 pounds with Strikeforce."

Now does someone want to explain to me why Baroni isn’t doing two shows a day at the Mandalay Bay in between training sessions?  If only he could find a way to bring back the same excitement and entertainment value after the opening bell rings.

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Bizzle- May 21, 2009 at 8:13 am
Rigg's will submit before the fight due to a verbal assault.
numbnuts- May 21, 2009 at 12:32 am
Riggs never fought for a UFC world title cuz he missed weight and he is the biggest douche in mma.
Baroni irratates the hell out of me with his stupid enterances but I hope he kicks his ass.
Anonymous- May 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm
Phil's been posting on Sherdog quite a bit lately and comes off as a pretty cool dude.
Canadian Chronic- May 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm
what a fool
T1- May 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Swedish, I never said he was a great dude, but he does serve as a litmus test for guys who have good technique yeah?

Lets you cheer for the obvious "good guy"
The Harvester- May 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Phil Baroni is the man. I am glad we get to see him fight again. That card is looking pretty fucking sweet. Strikeforce has been looking pretty nasty lately, with alot of cards that have me actually caring. Props to Strikeforce.

p.s. Affliction fucking blows.
IronClad- May 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Yah I agree, Baroni serves one purpose people, to be laughed at and thats it.

I dont know one likeable thing about this douche bag. He's a total can and a typical east coast fart knocker who'd rather get big biceps then actually develop technique to fight efficiently.

He's the "best eva" at being a tool chest, thas it thats all.
Swedish- May 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm
T1 - enough with your nonsense.

Baroni is now likable? He's a roided out mid tier guy that can't hang in the big league
IronClad- May 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm
Thats crazy, i could of sworn he used to fight 205, maybe that was in Pride?
Mike Milbury- May 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Come on, he's hilarious. If you don't take him so seriously, he's an entertaining character.
ScrambledEggs- May 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm
I guess I'll be the one to tell "IronClad" that Phil Baroni has NEVER fought at 205lb. and I'll also be the one to tell "ArmFarmer" that Joe Riggs missed making weight for his fight with Matt Hughes it was a non title fight.
T1- May 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm
As much as I hate egos, it's hard to hate Baroni. He's a character, I mean you have
the stoic Lyoto,
the meathead Lesnar,
the likeable southern boy Forrest.
the "huh, who knew Canadians could fight?" GSP
the "mommy fix this!!" BJP

something tells me if we were to combine all of them into one giant machine, a gateway to hell would open here on earth ...

(must be 12 of them, 13th is Dana)
NECROPHYTE- May 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

You see! You can still be cocky and likable in MMA! Hint:Rashad

ArmFarmer- May 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm
"I'm a man now and I think he's a boy. Someday I'll probably commentate for Joe when he's fighting for a world title."

Riggs has already fought for a ufc title.. has Baroni? I'm not sure on that one but if he hasn't that'd make his statement kind of ironic.. and stupid.

ktfo- May 20, 2009 at 11:51 am
win or lose, baroni comes to bang. hes the best eva!!
just some dong- May 20, 2009 at 11:25 am
Fuckin' A I'm gonna have to pick up Showtime if this stuff keeps up... Strikeforce is steadily becoming more and more interesting.
IronClad- May 20, 2009 at 11:18 am
Phil fights at 170!?!? The fuck!? I know guys fluxuate in weight classes all the time but he's a true 205'er, no? I mean i can see him doing 185, but 170 just seems like way to much of a cut for him. I hope Riggs puts him on his ass
LoneWolf- May 20, 2009 at 11:06 am
LMFAO....he really should get his own show.
One Two- May 20, 2009 at 11:01 am
@ juice haha if Shamrock wouldv'e followed up instead of going for that gay guillitine that would've been one of the coolest highlights ever.
HereForTheBooze- May 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
Why does his fist look like his mom was chun-li?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
"Someday I'll probably commentate for Joe when he's fighting for a world title."

Whoa...there's a chunk of gold that fell off Baroni's lips. He would be HILARIOUS as a fight commentator. Of course, you'd have to let him work 'blue'.

I loves me my Baroni! I hope he turns out Diesel's lights.
x FenixKnight x- May 20, 2009 at 10:55 am
Ladies and gents, the Godfather of all douchebags...Phil "Runs On E" Baroni. I'd like to bang his wife. lol
Dante- May 20, 2009 at 10:45 am
Such a dick.
Fuckyerfrat- May 20, 2009 at 10:40 am
The best EVAH! God bless you Phil.
Juice- May 20, 2009 at 10:39 am
Every time I think of Phil Baroni, I imagine Frank Shamrock telling him he is going to put him to sleep.