(Some say Goldberg had a legit sexual harassment claim after what happens in the 0:49 mark in this interview, but clearly he was asking for it walking in there dressed like that.)
The war of words between Strikeforce fighters Joe Riggs and Phil Baroni this week seemed to promise an interesting encounter on today’s media conference call to promote Saturday night’s Strikeforce event on Showtime. The only problem is that Riggs failed to pick up a phone in time, so Baroni was left alone with Jake Shields and the notoriously tight-lipped Robbie Lawler to do all the talking. Fortunately Baroni had prepared all his life for just such a moment.
Some highlights from the NYBA:
On Joe Riggs, dependability, and professionalism:
“The guy is a no-show for the conference call. He’s got a real big problem. I’ve been telling you since Day 1 you better have someone else lined up because I don’t think he’s going to show up. We’re all busy and we’re all training right now and we don’t want to do this but we’re all big and professional except that (expletive). It’s up to him how long the fight is going to last. I want to show everyone in MMA that I’m for real. All roads lead through Joe Riggs. I’m planning on blowing right through this kid.”
On dropping to welterweight:
“It’s been real comfortable. Losing 16 pounds of muscle helped a lot. I feel great. I feel like I’m 19 years old again. I have tons of energy. I feel like I should be on a box of Wheaties and doing cereal commercials.”
On certain, shall we say, lifestyle changes:
“I’m on edge right now. Don’t cross me now because I haven’t had sex in four weeks and I’m on a diet. I’m ready to kill someone. This is going to be a war and I’m in total fight mode. I don’t even know what I’m talking about right now. Next question.”
On what we can expect on Saturday night:
“I’m just ready to go. It’s a coming out party for me. I’m a different person out there. Joe Riggs is underestimating me and making a big mistake. The talking is done. It’s time to do it in the ring. I can’t wait to get in there and show the world I’m a legitimate contender and can do this. Better later than never.”
So, to sum up, Baroni shows up to conference calls not because he wants to but because he’s a goddamned professional; he has tons of energy after losing sixteen pounds; he hasn’t had sex in weeks and, as a result, has no idea what he’s saying; he plans to prove that even in his mid-thirties he’s still a “contenda.”
What do you think, Potato Nation? Is it just the typical pre-fight jive-talk from the Bad Ass, or will Baroni once again be able to deliver some excitement beyond just his interviews and entrances?