According to MMAJunkie.com, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni has been forced off of the upcoming UFC 118 card due to a collarbone injury. The news was revealed by Baroni’s manager Ken Pavia, who told MMAJunkie today that Baroni “suffered a minor injury that interrupted his preparations.” Pavia added, “It’s not going to be a long-term problem.” Baroni was scheduled to face grappler John Salter on the un-aired preliminary portion of the UFC 118 card.
Baroni actually started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 30 where he beat Curtis Stout via unanimous decision. “The NYBA” would go on to fight seven more times for the organization and would exit in 2005 after a four fight losing streak. Also a five-time PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran, Baroni has spent in the cage/ring with the likes of the late Evan Tanner (twice), Matt Lindland (also twice), Ryo Chonan, Frank Shamrock, Joey Villasenor and Joe Riggs. Baroni made his return to the UFC in November of 2009 at UFC 106: Ortiz Vs. Griffin 2 where he lost via unanimous decision to TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah. Baroni is currently on a two-fight losing streak having posted a loss to Joe “Diesel” Riggs at Strikeforce: Lawler Vs. Shields.
UFC 118 is scheduled to go down this August 28th at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The card is headlined by the lightweight title fight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and former champion BJ Penn. MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture will also appear on the card and will be taking on boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney.