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Phil Baroni Back At Middleweight, Likely To Face John Salter At UFC 118

MMAWeekly is reporting that Phil Baroni (13-12), who recent reports had considering retirement, will get at least one more chance to get his career on track in the UFC as he will take on John Salter (5-1) this August at UFC 118.

Baroni, who had not competed under the UFC banner since UFC 51, was invited back to the organization at UFC 106 where he dropped from his normal weight class of 185 to welterweight in hopes of rejuvenating his career. At the event “The New York Badass” took on TUF winner Amir Sadollah and was brutalized for three rounds, eventually losing a unanimous decision. With his record rapidly approaching the .500 mark, many assumed Baroni’s return to the UFC would be short-lived, and reports even surfaced that had Baroni strongly considering hanging up his gloves altogether. Apparently the muscle-bound New Yorker decided against retirement and is going to compete at least once more in his natural weight class.

25 year old Alabama native John Salter made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz where he lost to Gerald Harris via third round TKO. His latest appearance was made at UFC 113 where he took on veteran middleweight Jason MacDonald. Salter won via TKO when MacDonald’s tibia and fibula snapped in gruesome, Joe Theismann-esque fashion.

The as-yet-unnamed UFC 118 event is scheduled to take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28 and features high-profile bouts between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn, world champion boxer James Toney and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and top lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard.