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Who Is This Imposter and What Has He Done With Phil Baroni?

(Don’t miss next week’s episode of ‘My Baroni,’ when Phil accidentally makes a date with two different ring girls on the same night!)

You may have been so excited about Tito Ortiz bringing his one-man Schadenfreude act back to the UFC that you forgot all about it, but another Octagon veteran returns at UFC 106, and it’s the NYBA himself, Phil Baroni.  When last we saw Baroni he was fending off allegations that he was pharmaceutically-enhanced before losing a one-sided decision to Joe Riggs in Strikeforce.  Now he’s one of the rare fighters to get another shot in the UFC immediately after a loss, and he takes on Amir Sadollah this Saturday night in a contest between two guys in desperate need of a win. 

So go on, Phil.  Tell us all about how bad you’re going to beat this mamaluke, or maybe something about how you’ve been avoiding having sex with your wife lately.  Come on and dazzle us.  It’s been too long and we can hardly wait to hear your new material:

“Look, I’ve said it all already,” Baroni said. “The trash talking is starting to sound like a broken record, even to me. Nothing that I say is going to affect the outcome of the fight. Nothing he says is going to affect the outcome of the fight. There is no need to hype it up because he is a big name among the fans after winning the reality show. I’m coming to reestablish myself in the UFC at his expense, and I’m sure he is coming to do the exact same thing at my expense, since he lost his last bout. …I’m done with all that, at least for now.  I’m not focused on that stuff. I’m focused on my training. I’ve got a tremendous opportunity in front of me, and I’m doing everything that I can to properly prepare so that I can take full advantage of it.”

Phil, it’s like I don’t even know who you are anymore.


Is it possible that Baroni has turned over a new leaf?  Could it be that the fighter who has, at least in the last couple of years, generated more excitement in pre-fight interviews and press conferences than he has in the cage, is abandoning his larger-than-life persona altogether?  What does this mean for his entrances?  What will become of the already-weakened flashy robe sector of the economy if Baroni decides to play it straight?

All these questions will be answered when we see Baroni’s UFC revival on Saturday night, but it sounds like he is a man who is increasingly concerned about his legacy.  Face it, if his career were to end today, he’d be remembered as the entertaining loudmouth who really put on a show up to and including the first two minutes of a fight.  It’s not hard to see why this might bother a maturing fighter of Baroni’s years. 

But on the flip side, Baroni has a niche, even if that niche does not typically involve being a truly great fighter.  Adam Sandler may not be a great comedic actor, but he does funny voices and faces, and sometimes that’s all you want.  Baroni is, in many ways, the Adam Sandler of MMA.  He’s not going to turn himself into Bill Murray (Anderson Silva) or Gene Wilder (Georges St. Pierre) overnight, not even with a win over Amir Sadollah (Jimmy Fallon). 

All I’m saying is, can’t the NYBA find a comfortable middle ground?  Can’t he be outspoken and flashy and still train hard?  Or does rehearsing an entrance and thinking up awesome one-liners really take that much time out of your schedule?

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UFC fan- November 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm
2 points of to be made you assclowns with your stupid "TUF bums" bullshit need to be educated, if it wasn't for the TUF bums as you call em UFC wouldn't be as popular as they are. Look how many have held a belt, and look how many are top tier PPV fighters who bring in the audience. And what is the greatest fight in UFC history right now? yep 2 TUF bums. Go suck a strikeforce dick you chumps.
You two know who you are , go fuck each other you ass-ponies.

on topic point: fuck Baroni I hope Amir takes his arm off and beats his ass with it.
I still remember Phil the NY dumbass fighting a toughman contest and getting beat by a rank ass amateur cowboy. This guy is a fucking JOKE in the MMA world, UFC must be in dire straits to pull this bonehead up to fill a slot left by real fighters cause they are sick or injured.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- November 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm
What the f....?


...this guys an imoposter, I tell ya...AN IMPOSTER!

Start trash talkin' or hit the road

...oh, who am I foolin'....I'd still luv Phil.

Lendo- November 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Never thought I'd see the word "Schadenfreude" in a CP article. Baroni is a legend!
TylerDyrden- November 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm
Sadolloah by interview in the third round!
JungleJitsu- November 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm
I met Phil at the gym i train at, and he was the nicest coolest dude. Couldn't believe what he was saying. He doesnt want to be an ass he just did it to be noticed to have character. I hope he wins. He's the man !
robthom- November 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm
I'd rather watch Baroni's floundering wasted talent any day of the week before having to watch tito opening his mouth or doing things.
Eljroco- November 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm
I hate to say it but I like Amir.....he's like a poor mans Frank Mir, all dry self depreciating comments and questionable skill.
W. Sobchak- November 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Hey ,what's that long slender thing with a head between two Nuts ?
skeletor- November 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm
I was thinking Chapell
petro- November 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Bill Murray is the comic equivalent of Anderson Silva? Really??
agentsmith- November 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Damn those are some nasty skanks.
fACE7biter- November 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm
It's funny how they made Amir an on-air personality for things like the Ultimate Fighter aftermath. It's like they're desperate to get some mileage out of a TUF winner who hasn't been able to fight forever, and gets rocked when he finally does. It certainly wasn't for his charisma. Any intelligent or witty comments made by one of his guests bounce off this guy like Hendricks' fists, as he just shuffles along on to the next topic.

I'm still pulling for him though. I fucking hate the douchey, non-factor that is Phil Baroni.
Ted Nutmeg- November 17, 2009 at 11:39 am
Where in the hell do Ben Fowlkes (Carrot Top) and Ben Goldstein (Jim Breuer) get off likening Amir Sadollah to Jimmy Fallon?
El Famous Burrito- November 17, 2009 at 11:28 am
There comes a time, jabroni, when the gold chains cease to sparkle, when the spray-on tan loses its luster, when the night club becomes a prison, and all that is left is a guido's love for his IROC.
RJeezy- November 17, 2009 at 11:15 am
without the awesome shit talking Baroni's just a not even gatekeeper-level fighter. Miss u NYBA

/buries shinebox in backyard.
BobSapp- November 17, 2009 at 11:07 am
Why are they wasting our time with these filler fights?

If amir wins Who cares...It was Phil Baroni

If Phil wins who cares...It was Amir Sadollah

Some weak fights on this card. Best we could hope for would be a double KO
mmmiles9000- November 17, 2009 at 11:04 am
I want Amir to win (unless he really does suck), but Phil, we're so glad to have you back.
Forrest44- November 17, 2009 at 10:46 am
Wow, our little Phil is all growns up and he's growns up and he's growns up! Who's the big winner...? Phil is, Phil wins!
skeletor- November 17, 2009 at 10:37 am
TUF bums are exactly that. With the talent pool these shows have been drawing the last few seasons it's probably more important to make these guys prove they belong here. it's already a problem having to watch cards stacked with guys who couldn't even beat the guy who couldn't beat the guy who beat the guy to win the show. Amir's 1-1 as a pro with his sole win over C.B. Dollaway, I guy who's been mediocre at best. It took Amir over a year to make his post TUF debut and he's probably for the most part largely forgotten about. How hope the NYBA destroys him like Hendricks did.
One Two- November 17, 2009 at 10:22 am
whatever happened to groomin the TUF bums a little i actually like Amir and think hes pretty good but Baroni seems like a Tough second fight for the rookie. I thought TUF bums fought other TUF bums for awhile.