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Phil Baroni: ‘Yeah, Koscheck’s Kind of Douchebag, But He’s A Douchebag Who’s Going to Beat GSP’

("Come on Josh, don’t be pissed at me. I said you’re ‘HALF A DICK,’ not a full on dick.")

Veteran UFC welterweight Phil Baroni stopped by The Bum Rush Radio Show this week and while he was here he gave his thoughts on this weekend’s heavily-anticipated welterweight title bout between his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck and dominant champion Georges St-Pierre.

Baroni took issue with Ben’s assessment that St-Pierre will be able to take Koscheck down at will en-route to a late submission victory.

"I disagree — not just because we’re friends. Koscheck’s the better wrestler. It’s not gonna come down to striking at all. I don’t think Koscheck needs to land a big shot to win the fight. Koscheck’s a better wrestler. He has a much better pedigree. GSP has a double-leg tackle — that’s about it," Baroni explained. "He’s more of a jiu-jitsu guy and I don’t see him getting on top. Koscheck’s gonna have to control where the fight goes and beat him in a wrestling match. If he does that, he’s gonna win the fight. GSP is mentally weak. He’s a great athlete, he’s got a huge gas tank, he’s strong, he’s fast, but between his ears, there’s a little bit of softness. I think if comes down to a gut-check, Koscheck will take care of him."

Baroni also pointed out that the first time the pair met three years ago at UFC 74, Koscheck won the first round and was taken down after throwing an ill-timed kick.

"[Josh] won a round the first time. He threw a stupid kick and he got taken down off of an inside leg-kick. He’s twice the fighter that he was then. I think it was a bad error on his part," he says. "It is what it is and we’re going to have to wait and see. Anything can happen in a fight, but I don’t think GSP has one-and-done knockout power and Koscheck does, so if they get into a big exchange like that, it’s in Kos’ favor. They’re both in really good shape and cardio’s not an issue."

As far as GSP’s recent training with revered boxing coach Freddie Roach goes, "The New York Badass" says that statistically, fighters who have trained with him haven’t fared very well, so he isn’t sold on the idea that St-Pierre’s boxing will play a factor in the fight. 

"All Freddie Roach’s guys have gotten knocked out so far," Phil says, matter-of-factly. "All of the [MMA] guys he’s trained have gotten knocked out, so I wouldn’t be proud about training with that guy."

One observation Phil made about GSP’s demeanor leading up to the fight is that the French-Canadian seems to be over confident.

"I’ll tell you what’s out of the norm [for this fight], GSP’s talked some trash. He’s not doing it in the way that I’ve done it in the past or like Chael Sonnen, but he’s high on himself. He’s sayin’, ‘Guys that do this I beat, guys that talk trash I beat, guys that are wrestlers I beat.’ He’s really confident right now. He’s believing his own hype and he’s believing his own press clippings. I could be wrong, but I have a funny feeling," he says. "I think his camp is all over the place. To many chiefs, not enough indians. We’ll see. We’ll see if he plays it safe. I just don’t think he’s a better wrestler so he might not be able to play it safe. If he does, I’m wrong and I’ll be surprised, but talking the way he is…I mean, he’s not saying, ‘Koscheck’s a douchebag or a Fraggle,’ but he’s basically saying, ‘I beat guys who were wrestlers and guys who talked smack.’ I think he should be worried a little more than he’s worried. Koscheck’s not the ultimate bad guy, he’s the ultimate opponent right now for this guy."

When asked about whether or not the recent assessment by one of Kos’ former college wrestling coaches during the UFC 124 countdown show that his former charge is kind of a dick is an accurate one, Baroni replied in the typical NYBA fashion of pulling no punches while giving a thoughtful evaluation of the situation.

"He’s a douchebag a little bit. He’s half a dick, you know? He’s intense and he does what he’s got to do. He knows this is a business and he’s not here to make friends. That’s just Josh Koscheck. Whatever. I like him.  Look where he’s gotten to in the sport right now," Baroni points out. "I’d rather be fighting for the world title and be ranked number two in the world than be the most popular guy. It’s your guys’ job to be popular — you radio show guys and press have fans and people who listen to you. It’s our job to get in the ring and fight and win and I think he’s going to do that."

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ThaCrakin- December 11, 2010 at 9:05 am
LMAO @ Goat man if you where any "Gayer" you would be Elton Johns fanny pack!
Waxedpants- December 11, 2010 at 2:34 am
@ Baul -- That's a very insightful question. Via the "Inverse law of Douchebaggery" we can see that it does , in fact , cancel itself out.
dranokills- December 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Every time I see Baroni I think of a "tough man" contest that he entered several years ago, and got beat by a country cowboy guy, and when he lost he went absolutely fucking crazy apeshit upset, breaking shit back stage and acting a complete fool. I think he got escorted out by cops that night.
Here he is SUPPOSE to be a this huge MMA star and he got beat in backwaters tough man contest. He is a fucking joke, and like other jokes their opinions don't mean jack or shit.
GSP will destroy fragglecheck.
Krazy Kracker- December 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Hey look, Phil's perfect evening; a pretty-boy with a huge cock and an Ambien for dessert.
Canadian Chronic- December 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
Lastly, I thik that GSP is one of those guys like MJ or Kobe, that when you piss them off, they just absolutely bury you.

IMO, BJs' shit talking was way worse(same w/Matt Serra) and look what happened to him
Canadian Chronic- December 10, 2010 at 11:44 am
Dont be scared RwRie,

I think surrounding yourself with the right ppl helps, just cuz GSP isn't the demure soft-spoken self-deprecating Canadian doesn't mean he isnt focused or well prepared. IMO GSP is really coming into his own and understands the legacy he can leave behind before he vacates the division. Thats where the confidence is coming from. He hasnt forgotten the past(MattS) and although Kos might be on equal footing concerning wrestling, GSP mixes all the arts seamlessly together combined with unparalleled coaching.

Put it this way, fom the show for the pre-fight preparation GSP uses a variety of techniques like Visual Imagery, Kos? its cool to yank it in the shower
RwilsonR- December 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
As much as P-Woww Baroni is a complete jackass, a lot of what he had to say is what has worried me about GSP for this fight. I think Kos is every bit as good of a wrestler as GSP, if not better, if he is able to turn it into a wrestling match. All of Freddie Roach's MMA fighters have been knocked out. GSP does seem to be jumping around from trainer to trainer, and has seemed surprisingly confident (cocky?) leading up to this fight.

All that said, I am being negative in the hopes that I am wrong and GSP comes out and crushes Kos.

@ LOKI - that's what I'm saying. You at least are analyzing this fight fairly. Although I disagree that Kos didn't take much damage in the Alves fight. In fact, I think he got flash-knocked out about a minute into it, and was fighting concussed for the rest of the fight. But I think it says a lot about his durability that he was able to fight through that, and not take much more damage beyond that. But I also think that early blow made him slow in that fight, and was the only reason he couldn't take Alves down. I think if Kos had not taken that blow, that fight would have turned out a lot differently.

Again, I don't want Kos to win, but I think a lot of people are underestimating how dangerous an opponent he is for GSP. Much more so than Fitch, Alves, or Hardy. Fitch isn't all that great of a wrestler, and has slow stand-up. Alves is big, and hits hard, but can't stop the takedowns. And Hardy... well, he never really deserved that shot. Average stand-up, not much else.
Canadian Chronic- December 10, 2010 at 11:30 am
I get it, I get it, yer trying to sell the fight. yah, Kos is all that...

just like BJ Penn,

and Matt Hughes

and Jon Fitch

and Matt Serra

and Thiago Alves

wait a second, all those guys except Alves have been Belt holders, and who has Kos beaten lately...Frank Trigg, super fuckin impressed

It wont be an exciting fight, sorry to say, add two rounds to the last fight and that is exactly what is gonna happen this time

This is gonna be such a one sided beatdown, I cant wait.
Clue-by-Four- December 10, 2010 at 11:27 am
Talentless douche supports slightly-more-talented douche with significantly worse hairstyle. Film at 11.
LOKI- December 10, 2010 at 11:23 am
1st Fitch dosent kill anyone
2nd Kos is a better pure wrestler than GSP (on paper)
3rd Kos fought Alves on 2 weeks notice and lost a UD but took very little damage
4th Kos has more power on his stand-up and more of a willingness to use it, however Georges has much crisper technique but less confidence in his chin.
67fastback- December 10, 2010 at 11:05 am
1st comment eva...
You know what I find funny about all the hype around Koscheck's wrestling... Jon Fitch would destroy him. Yet, people think that Kos is a better wrestler than GSP? GSP made Fitch look silly. Also, Thiago Alves would kill Kos, yet we think that the stand-up of Kos can beat GSP? What did GSP do to Alves? I think Kos is over-rated. Who has he beat other than laying on Semtex?
ArmFarmer- December 10, 2010 at 10:22 am
a. Baroni has no business calling anyone a dbag when there are pics like that of him floating around

b. Shnook.. nice catch

c. Bongtar, your name brings me a little bit of happiness everytime I read it. I'd like to see bongtar brought to life in a comic or something, the mental images are pure awesome.

d. that is all
Goat- December 10, 2010 at 10:16 am
I disagree with Baroni. Sounds like he is just overselling his teammate, imo. That's what he does.

For those ragging on TNYBA, stfu. His opinion is more valid than all your fat asses.

It doesn't mean he's correct either, obviously.
Baul_Tampax_Galey_Sucks_Kos- December 10, 2010 at 10:14 am
Good call on the devil horns... I was also wondering about the pre-meditated "rock on" sign Kos was hiding.

Also, if Phil "the New York Lame Ass" Baroni calls you a douchebag does that mean you're in fact a HUGE douchebag more so than Phil himself, or does it cancel itself out meaning you're not a douche at all?
ghostboner- December 10, 2010 at 10:13 am
Santa KlausCzech has all the tools to beat GSP. In the first fight he just wasn't wrestling offensively. If Kos was the one going for the takedowns it might be a diff story. Besides, I really want that smug, self satisfied, kermit the frog talking, riddum havin, gay calendar making, dump&humping, JCVD doppleganger to lose again. As Bruce Buffer would say, It's time. Mostly I just saw the mad circle jerk that is going on in here and had to interrupt and throw a little Kos biscuit right in the middle. Er, wait...
disastras- December 10, 2010 at 10:12 am
I can't believe I made it this far into the comment section and nobody has mentioned that Baroni is doing DUCK FACE, suck face.
BONGTAR- December 10, 2010 at 10:08 am
Kos is gonna tongue punch Fitch's fart box
Shnook1200- December 10, 2010 at 9:50 am
Looks like Kos is pre-loading some devilhorns for the next picture.
Disco-Platypus- December 10, 2010 at 9:25 am
I also find it amusing that both Velasquez and Fitch seemed rather unconvinced that Koscheck was going to beat GSP.
dlb- December 10, 2010 at 9:10 am
It`s funny how when a guy is outclassed their GYM always finds some intangible to latch on to that will somehow override everything else. "Sure GSP is the best athlete in the division, ridiculously strong and cardio for weeks... but, like, Ive done a psychological assessment and he`s just not capable of defending the belt for the 5th straight time. Can`t do it. Nope."

After this fight I hope you have a guy from AKA on the show and ask them if they still think GSP is mentally weak.

Also, Freddie Roach has trained Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo and BJ Penn. Yea, statistically speaking everyone Roach touches gets knocked out.

Denoginizer- December 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
That interview was the BEST EVA!
Turd Furgeson- December 10, 2010 at 8:43 am
Kos will win.
Ballkick- December 10, 2010 at 8:42 am
......and now I am supposed to doubt GSP's superior skill set because some loud-mouthed "Jersey Shore" cast off is backin his Boi?.....naw......I'll stick with my fellow Canuck on this one.
Would be interested in seeing if Baroni is droppin a pile of cash on Kos to win,....I think not.

ThaCrakin- December 10, 2010 at 8:38 am
LMAO @ LOKI funny stuff Phill needs to just run along and be a bouncer at a strip club telling drunk customers that he was the NYBA and how tough he "thinks" he is! The guy obviously knows shit about fighting haha.

My prediction: Kosh will come out and throw a couple and then shoot in for a single but GSP will stuff it over and over reverse and take down Kosh. You will slowly see Kosh's mood swing and he will realize he is out classed and out matched once again and he will do what every fighter does when they know they cannot become champ he will drop a weight class and tell everyone that his new weight class is the weight class he was meant to be in and that he "finally" feels comfortable fighting for the first time in a long time.

Damn im on the money once again
LOKI- December 10, 2010 at 8:27 am
Fitch looks like the 'Encino Man' version of one of the Geico cavemen in that picture.

Kos is wispering; "dude, this guy stinks like unprotected gay sex."