Phil Baroni has competed across the planet for almost every well-known MMA promotion, which includes time in PRIDE and ONE FC. When it comes to the Asian market, Baroni has ONE FC being the superior form of entertainment.
“I believe in ONE FC and its future in Asian MMA,” wrote Broni to Bloody Elbow. “I believe it’s going to be far bigger than PRIDE ever was, because of its commitment to growing the sport all over Asia and recruiting the continent’s best talent, and because they’re not just focused on one country and its fighters as PRIDE did in Japan.”
PRIDE focused a majority of their events in Japan while ONE FC has touched upon several countries in their short two years. ONE FC has already run shows in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
For the two promotions, Baroni was 4-2 in PRIDE and is currently at 1-1 for ONE FC. He meets Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC: Rise to Power on May 31. It airs out of the SM Mall of Asia Arena from the Philippines.