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Phil Baroni joins Bellator, debuts on May 2nd


Longtime MMA veteran and former UFC star, Phil Baroni announced that he will be joining the ranks of Bellator fighting championships and moving on from One FC. Baroni, who has not fought since breaking his ankle at One FC: Rise to Power back in May, confirmed the news earlier today:

Along with the picture was this message from Baroni:

#BELLATOR #May2 #AtlanticCity #NJ #WhereItAllStarted #NewYorkBadAss #NYBA #ImBack #SPIKE #TV #KO #Mr.Excitement #TheWholeFuckingShow #TheBadAss #StillTheMan #Legend #OG #RealDeal #SAV #GULLY #SWAG #WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet #Oneandonly #KOartist

The scheduled May 2nd card is Bellator 118, which is headlined by the Bantamweight title bout between Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren. With the Welterweight tournament beginning this weekend at Bellator 112, it is likely that Baroni will not be fighting in a tournament until next season. As we have seen before, however, injuries are common in the sport of MMA and could leave an opening in the later rounds of the tournament for Baroni to fill in.

Baroni has had a rollercoaster of a career to say the least. Back in 2001, Baroni made his UFC debut against Matt Lindland at UFC 34. After losing that bout by majority decision, Baroni reeled off two straight TKO’s. After those wins, Baroni lost 6 more bouts in the UFC in two different runs with the organization.

Baroni currently holds a losing record of 15-17, but looks to change that come May in Bellator.

Tags: Bellator Eduardo Dantas Joe Warren Phil Baroni UFC

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