According to a Sherdog report, Bellator has booked a welterweight bout between UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Karo Parisyan for Bellator 122, July 25th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Baroni was allegedly set to make his Bellator debut last month in Atlantic City (“#stilltheman…#swag“), but that appearance never came together.
The New York Bad Ass has been inactive since his gross ankle-injury loss to Nobutatsu Suzuki at OneFC: Rise to Power in May 2013. Meanwhile, Parisyan has already gone 1-1 under the Bellator banner, most recently knocking out Ron Keslar at Bellator 116 in April. As nostalgic stunt-fights go, Baroni vs. Parisyan ranks somewhere between Houston Alexander vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (yuck) and Kimbo Slice vs. James Thomson 2 (yes!). But again, we don’t watch MMA for competitive integrity, do we?
So: “I’m the best eva!” vs. “Do you know who I am, bro?” — a battle of massive egos and inconsistent performances. Who ya got?