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Phil Baroni Doesn’t Need Your Adoration


(Not interested in being a celebrity. Nope. Not one bit.)

You might think Phil Baroni would be pretty pumped about being on the Elite XC card this weekend. It’s a pretty big deal, what with it airing live on CBS and all. But Baroni? He’s keeping it in perspective, or so it seems from his recent interview with MMANews.com:

I’m not that excited like some of these guys are because I never got into fighting to be a Rockstar. I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been a pro for 8 years now. When I turned pro it was to fight and to be a professional fighter and to compete. There was no getting rich or being famous. You had the hardcore but it wasn’t about being on TV, hell, it wasn’t even about being on PPV when I started out. It’s cool that the sport is growing and that there are better opportunities and all but to me if I wanted to be on The Ultimate Fighter or a reality TV star than I would have went to drama club when I was in school and tried to be an actor or I would have taken more ground balls when I was in baseball and maybe played in the Major Leagues at third base or some shit.

Wait, back up a minute. You’re telling me Baroni wasn’t a member of his high school drama club? So he’s just a natural, then?

Also, it’s good to know that even pro fighters sometimes tell themselves that if only they’d taken a few more ground balls in high school baseball practice they’d be in the big leagues by now. I thought it was just me.

In case you were worried about the state of Baroni’s cardio following his dismal performance against Kala “Kolohe” Hose, he was apparently sufficiently humbled by that experience and has decided to get in shape:

MMANews.com: Did you go right into training following your last fight?

Phil Baroni: Yeah I fucking went running into training the next day. That was a fucking disgrace. I was close to being in shape then so I figured there was no point in getting out of shape so I went right in you know.

MMANews.com: Did you feel unprepared going into the fight with Hose?

Phil Baroni: Yeah, I knew I was unprepared. I had about 3 weeks to train for the fight and I had a lot of weight to lose. I had to lose 17 pounds before the fight and at weigh-ins I was like 3 quarters of a pound over. Kala was a good guy though and gave it to me.

That’s good to hear. Baroni’s one of those guys who, as soon as he gasses out, just the look on his face makes me feel exhausted. And I don’t want to go through that again when he fights Joey Villasenor. I just don’t think I have it in me.

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stopoveracting- May 28, 2008 at 11:32 am
phil baroni's celibrations make me cry.....only if u stop global warming save the universe and beat fedor are you allowed to act like that.
just another new york piece of shit- May 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm
phil baroni is like the andrew dice clay of mma, but without the humor or any discernible talent aside from frequent roid ass injections. all that remains is an unfunny, rude, asshole with an annoying accent that should get superAIDS along with the rest of that state. and take your fat, nasty, loud, slutty, hairy lipped crackwhore sister New Jersey with you too.
Boneman- May 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm
Phil Baroni = Shawn Sherk with a Tan!

Little midget pussy!....
Anonymous- May 27, 2008 at 10:26 am
He likes showa's.
sol- May 27, 2008 at 9:51 am
hey jeff, didnt baroni test positive in that fight? if so that means he was jacked, frank shamrock had a bum knee and baroni still got murdered.
Jeff- May 27, 2008 at 8:06 am
Fellow Baroni haters should re-watch Frank Shamrock's demoralizing demolition of him. It's really life-affirming.
NipGrip- May 27, 2008 at 5:44 am
Phil Baroni? More like Full of Baloney, am i rite gufawwhahaaloluggh..
Clue-By-Four- May 27, 2008 at 4:16 am
Whoever made that robe needs to be beat to death with their sewing machine for crimes against humanity.
DIE BITCH DIE- May 27, 2008 at 3:51 am
fuck off lisabeller...chock on a cock...
Jens Pulver- May 27, 2008 at 3:34 am
If there was one person out of my weight class that I could choose to fight just for the sake of humiliating him, it would be Big Bad Phil Baroni.
ksgbobo- May 27, 2008 at 2:08 am
"Im da Man!...Im da best Eva!"
lisabeller- May 27, 2008 at 12:34 am
While he is so popular on the rich club " millionairelover.com " where the rich & celeb gather!
MR. Green- May 27, 2008 at 12:22 am
Kimbo, i think the people you fight are a bunch of old bar room back yard drunks
that would not even make the cut to be a fighter.....
Wad- May 27, 2008 at 12:08 am
Though to his credit, he can make for an exciting KO if he's on his game. He has put in some highlight real finishes before that none of us can deny enjoying.

On the topic of trashing his skills because of his record, that's fair enough but I don't think we should point to a fighters record and rate him by how many fights he's lost. Everyone has to lose sometimes and some guys lose more by fighting tougher opponents. I'm not saying Baroni has got all his losses against legends, but guys like Shamrock and Misaki and Minowa are no disgrace to lose to. There's no shame in losing if you lose well. Baroni lost poorly to Hose, but I'm just saying that don't count him off because of his win/loss ratio, look past that into his actual performances.

Also, be all that as it may, Baroni knows how to get people to react to his comments and there's something to be said for being a character outside the ring as well from a business perspective. Even if he's not fighting that great lately, putting him on your card is going to get people watching, even if it's just because haters want to see him get tuned up. Just like the Tito Ortiz thing, he'll pack a house anytime. Half to see him win and half to see him die.
Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- May 26, 2008 at 11:55 pm
I don't think ANYBODY said that Phil Baroni was rated. Or particularly good. He's 10-9, which is hardly the thing of legend. He gasses. Has a stupid accent. A shitty nick-name. Too much of his time is spent grooming his pencil thin mustache instead of training. He's a body builder who happens to also fight. So on, and so forth.
KG- May 26, 2008 at 11:48 pm
Look at his record, why is he even considered a 'pro' anymore? with a record like that he shouldnt even be fighting... he might have permanent brain damage. All this shit talking about Shamrocks, and look at this tool? At least Shamrock doesnt have a 50% loss rating.
Kim Couture is a cunt- May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm
Phil Baroni sucks, most overrated fighter in the world today, who can argue that?
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