(‘Best eva!’ just doesn’t have the same ring of authority when you say it through a bunch of gauze.)
Dana White posted this picture of a battered Phil Baroni to his Twitter account today, remarking "Phil baroni sent me this today and said ‘welcome back to the ufc’ phil is tough as nails!" True, but he might also be a tough-as-nails fighter who’s worried about losing his job, hence the subtle reminder that he endured this beatdown for the UFC’s benefit, while only pocketing $25,000 for his trouble.
If you needed a reminder that fighting other people in a cage was a tough way to make a living, this ought to do it. Baroni has been in the sport for nearly a decade, and, after taxes, training costs, and management, he comes away with not even enough money to buy a new Toyota Camry. That’s ironic considering that he now looks like someone who’s been in a pretty bad car accident. Let’s hope his sponsors came through for him. Let’s also hope that he’s been putting some of that money away for his retirement, which might be right around the corner.