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Phil Baroni Released From UFC Contract

According to, exciting middleweight fighter Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni has been released from his UFC contract following a knockout loss to young Hawaiian Brad Tavares on the preliminary card of UFC 125: Resolution.

Baroni looked to be in fantastic shape and had Tavares in trouble early on, but a head kick and a straight right hand turned the tides for Tavares, who put Baroni in dire straits and finished him off with strikes against the cage. The loss marks Baroni’s third consecutive defeat and his second in his most recent run under the UFC banner.

Baroni is both an early-UFC and PRIDE FC veteran, going 3-5 in his first UFC stint, which extended from 2001 to 2005. He went 4-2 in PRIDE following that UFC stint, before moving on to compete in Strikeforce and EliteXC. He found his way back to the UFC after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Joe Riggs in Strikeforce, and failed in his debut (in the UFC and at welterweight) to The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah.

Currently training out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, Baroni holds a professional record of 13-13.

The New York Bad Ass recently posted on The Underground a thread titled, “enough with the talk, I forgot to duck 2 Xs,” which read:

“That pretty much is it, case closed. I should have ducked the kick and the right hand after it. That about sums up why I lost.

I was doing pretty good before the break. I had a laps in concentration and got clipped for it 2 Xs.

Enough with the threads and dumb talk. I have already got back on the diet and road work again.

I should be fighting again in March……….


He is reportedly fielding offers from several other promotions at this point in time.