Phil Baroni Pours His Heart Out About Recent Injury, Survival in UFC

Filed under: UFC, FanHouse Exclusive, NewsPhil Baroni has never been known to hide his emotions, and when MMA Fighting contacted “The New York Bad Ass” to discuss his recent collarbone injury, which forced him to pull out of his UFC 118 fight against J…

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Phil Baroni has never been known to hide his emotions, and when MMA Fighting contacted “The New York Bad Ass” to discuss his recent collarbone injury, which forced him to pull out of his UFC 118 fight against John Salter, Baroni provided one of his more heartfelt interviews to date.

Like many other fighters in a similar position, Baroni clearly recognizes that he is at a crossroads in his career. But his brutal honesty concerning his current status in the sport and what he needs to survive in the UFC is something you don’t often hear from professional fighters.

The 13-12 veteran has experienced his fair share of highs and lows, and it seemed he viewed this August fight as the beginning of his final run in the UFC. Unfortunately, a freak injury got in the way, and as he explains in the interview below, the 33-year-old has been forced to take a deep look within himself to see if he still has what it takes to hang with the best middleweights in the world.

Check out the interview below.

UFC On Versus 2: The Chopping Block

Tiiimmmbbbbeeeerrrrr! When a fighter’s illustrious UFC career comes tumbling down in the middle of a forest and nobody is there to hear it, can it be taken as fact? Of course it can and it usually is. A sustainable career in the Mecca organizatio…

Tiiimmmbbbbeeeerrrrr! When a fighter’s illustrious UFC career comes tumbling down in the middle of a forest and nobody is there to hear it, can it be taken as fact? Of course it can and it usually is. A sustainable career in the Mecca organization of the sport tends to share a common fate of the […]

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UFC On Versus 2: The Chopping Block

UPDATE: UFC: Zuffa Sues Ken Pavia and Bellator

The following information was obtained in an published article by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.  To read the original source, please click HERE .
Zuffa LLC. has filed suit against Ken Pavia, founder of MMA Agents, for passing along trade secrets a…

The following information was obtained in an published article by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.  To read the original source, please click HERE .
Zuffa LLC. has filed suit against Ken Pavia, founder of MMA Agents, for passing along trade secrets and confidential Zuffa documents to Bellator Fighting Championships.  In the suit, it alleges […]

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UPDATE: UFC: Zuffa Sues Ken Pavia and Bellator

UFC On Versus 2: Jones Vs. Matyushenko Pre Fight Interviews.

UFC On Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko is set to take place on August 1 from the San Diego Sports Arena from San Diego, California.
Here’s the card:
Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Mark Muñoz vs. Yushin Okami
John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger
Tyson Griffin vs. Takanori Gomi
Preliminary card
Paul Kelly vs. Jacob Volkmann
DaMarques […]

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UFC On Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko is set to take place on August 1 from the San Diego Sports Arena from San Diego, California.

Here’s the card:

Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Mark Muñoz vs. Yushin Okami
John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger
Tyson Griffin vs. Takanori Gomi

Preliminary card

Paul Kelly vs. Jacob Volkmann
DaMarques Johnson vs. Matthew Riddle
James Irvin vs. Igor Pokrajac
Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio
Darren Elkins vs. Charles Oliveira
Rob Kimmons vs. Steve Steinbeiss

Josh Barnett Thinks UFC Has The Best Heavyweight Division.

High level heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett is still awaiting his reinstatement with CSAC following a positive drug test, but he’s been busy fighting outside of North America. After a recent first round win at Impact FC over Geronimo dos Santos, many mma fans are starting to wonder if Barnett will eventually sign with Strikeforce, […]

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High level heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett is still awaiting his reinstatement with CSAC following a positive drug test, but he’s been busy fighting outside of North America. After a recent first round win at Impact FC over Geronimo dos Santos, many mma fans are starting to wonder if Barnett will eventually sign with Strikeforce, as some rumors have pointed. Barnett, for his part, recently talked to Punch Drunk Gamer on the UFC heavyweight division vs. it’s Strikeforce counterparts:




What makes the UFC heavyweight division so stacked is that it is the UFC’s heavyweight division and that is the most important factor in this whole equation. The perception is that just by fighting in the UFC, it makes you better but do I think that talent wise the Strikeforce heavyweight division can rival the UFC? Sure I do and it is getting to that point, although no matter how you look at it, right now it is not better. Strikeforce is starting to realize the importance of heavyweight fighters to the fighting community and its fans.

Barnett is riding a six fight win streak, and despite his “positive testing issues” he’s still a very capable heavyweight fighter who could certainly make for some compelling matchups.

Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: UFC on Versus 2 Preview

Jon Jones has been touted and hyped as the future of the light heavyweight division, and as such, his fight with Matyushenko is seen by many as little more than a fight that will allow him to develop his skills.
Vladimir Matyushenko goes into this figh…

Jon Jones has been touted and hyped as the future of the light heavyweight division, and as such, his fight with Matyushenko is seen by many as little more than a fight that will allow him to develop his skills.
Vladimir Matyushenko goes into this fight with a 24-4 record, yet he still walks in as […]

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Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: UFC on Versus 2 Preview