Following a first-round TKO loss to Karo Parisyan, Bellator has decided to cut ties with welterweight veteran Phil Baroni. However, reports have suggested that the release was due to Baroni publicly supporting his friend Jon Koppenhaver, who was recently involved in a violent assault of girlfriend Christy Mack.
After the incident was initially reported, Jon Koppenhaver was cut almost instantaneously, and new Bellator chairman Scott Coker has stamped his authority once more with the decision to let Phil Baroni go, if the reported reasoning behind the decision is factual.
With a professional record of 15-18, losing eight losses in his last ten, the 38 year-old is on the back-end of his career though was offered a chance for redemption with a short-term deal at Bellator. Baroni hinted at his intentions to drop down to lightweight for the first time in his career, though he stayed at welterweight for his clash with Karo Parisyan.
‘The New York Bad Ass suffered from a badly injured ankle leading to his loss to Nobuatsu Suzuki in One FC, and spent a lengthy period on the sidelines. He described the process via Twitter, following the news of Bellator’s decision to cut the veteran.
14months I sat.Did my own rehab.Learned 2walk,again.No income no help.Worked as mover.Limping.hurt back.just s**t canned.used.lied2.trustno1
— phil baroni (@philbaroni) August 20, 2014
Baroni is known for being a close friend of Koppenhaver’s, and Bellator chairman Scott Coker is keen to remove any link to War Machine following the harrowing reports.