Philip George Baroni (born April 16, 1976) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He has a professional MMA record of 13–12–0. Baroni has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he holds a record of 3–6–0. Also he has fought in the PRIDE FC where he holds a record of 4–2–0. He has developed a reputation for his boxing ability and knockout power, although he is an accomplished wrestler as well. He formerly trained with Team Hammer House, whose members include two PRIDE fighters and former UFC heavyweight champions, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.
Phil Baroni grew up in Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York. Baroni attended Hofstra University before transferring to Central Michigan University where he became a two time All-American collegiate wrestler. Baroni was a double major in biology and psychology, and earned his degree in psychology. He was also an amateur bodybuilder from the age of 17 to 20 where he competed in a total of six shows in which he placed either first or second. He studied kickboxing under Keith Trimble, and had 7 kickboxing matches, winning all by knock out. He also competed in 10 amateur boxing matches, also winning all 10 by knock out. Although Baroni was a big fan of the UFC he did not want to compete in it until the UFC had implemented weight classes.
Fighting in the UFCEdit
Baroni quickly made a name for himself in the UFC with several impressive knockout victories. His signature match was a decisive knockout victory over former UFC champion Dave Menne on September 27, 2002. Phil famously jumped on the top of the cage and proclaimed himself to be the best ever after the knockout of Menne. He then rematched Matt Lindland to whom he had previously lost to by judges decision. In their rematch, Baroni suffering a second loss to Lindland by another judges decision. He was then matched up against a former teammate of Matt Lindland, Evan Tanner at UFC 45 – Revolution. Baroni dominated the beginning of the match against Tanner, but when the fight was stopped to check a cut on Tanner, Tanner regained his composure and the momentum turned, leading to the referee stopping the fight due to Baroni taking several undefended strikes on the ground. This decision was controversial as the referee Larry Landless had asked Baroni if he wanted to quit. Baroni believed that he had been asked if he wanted to continue, and said "yes". Landless still stopped the bout, and was struck by a furious Baroni who wished to continue. Baroni was subsequently suspended for 4 months for striking the official. Upon his return Baroni got a rematch with Tanner at UFC 48 – Payback but went on to lose via decision. Despite losing 3 fights in a row, the UFC matched Baroni against the relatively unknown Pete Sell. Following training with Enson Inoue, Baroni dominated early on with numerous takedowns and a dominate standup, however, Sell caught him in a guillotine choke and Baroni appeared to lose consciousness, but then tapped out for the only time in his career thereby ending the fight. Following this loss many people told him to retire, including Dana White.
Fighting in PRIDEEdit
Baroni joined Hammer House soon thereafter and rebounded in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships promotion with several knockout victories against Ikuhisa Minowa, Ryo Chonan, and Yuki Kondo. On June 4, 2006, Baroni was summarily defeated by Ikuhisa Minowa via unanimous decision in the Bushido Welterweight Grand Prix Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoff tournament in 2005.
Feud with Frank ShamrockEdit
Frank Shamrock and Baroni had engaged in a war of words following Shamrock's fight with Renzo Gracie. The two faced off at Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, a co-promotion between EliteXC and Strikeforce on June 22, 2007 on Pay-Per-View. Shamrock defeated Baroni, knocking him down with punches in the first round and finishing him off with a rear naked choke in the second round. It was ruled a Technical Submission victory for Shamrock as Baroni was choked unconscious because he didn't tap.
Following the Shamrock fight the California State Athletic Commission announced that Baroni tested positive for two types of anabolic steroids, Boldenone and Stanozolol. Baroni has appealed against the $2500 fine and faced a one year suspension. Ultimately, the fine was upheld although the suspension was reduced to six months.
Baroni had asked that the remaining urine from the test conducted by Quest be sent to the Carlson Company, a laboratory located in Colorado Springs, Colo. While it didn't appear among the 40 facilities recommended by the CSAC, Carlson appealed to the fighter as a rare lab that tested for both DNA and steroids.
There wasn't enough of a sample for the lab to determine the identity of its owner, though Carlson apparently had enough to determine the sample they received from Quest did not contain boldenone or stanozolol.
"We don't know why he tested positive with Quest Laboratories in California," said Baroni's manager Ken Pavia. "But we do know that subsequent tests with that sample came back negative."
Baroni faced Hawaii's Kala Hose on March 15, 2008 for the vacant ICON Sport Middleweight title. Former champion Robbie Lawler was stripped of the title due to his inability to defend it on numerous occasions.. While Baroni came out strong during the first round of the fight, his stamina began to fade and Hose started to dominate the fight. Hose ultimately defeated Baroni by TKO early in the fifth round to become the new ICON Sport middleweight champion.
Baroni went up against Joey Villasenor in the first ever live network television broadcast of MMA on CBS. In the beginning of the fight Baroni looked really active and caught Villasenor's high kick which brought him down to the mat where Baroni threw a couple punches from guard. Baroni then let Villasenor stand up, Baroni then got tagged a couple times and was put into a guillotine choke. Villasenor then let go of the choke and started unloading unanswered punches that dazed Baroni prompting the referee to stop the fight at the 1:11 mark of the opening round. This was Baroni's second TKO loss in a row.
As first revealed by Phil Baroni himself on Sherdog forums, he has moved down to fight at welterweight.
Baroni made his Cage Rage and Welterweight debut at Cage Rage 27 on July 12, against British fighter Scott Jansen. He begun the fight with a solid takedown, and came close to finishing the fight with a tight straight armbar in which he appeared to hyper-extend Jansen's arm. Following a standup call from the referee the two fighters exchanged, Baroni throwing a hard right to the body followed by a right-handed haymaker which landed on Jansen's chin. Jansen dropped heavily, his head bouncing off the floor.
Afterward, Baroni went to check on Jansen and was blindsided by a brother of the flattened fighter that had made his way into the cage with the Brit's cornermen. Holding up his hands to fend off a headbutt, Baroni remarkably kept his cool on this occasion and the encounter didn't escalate.
Return to UFCEdit
In late 2009 Baroni returned to once again fight in the UFC.  He signed a multi-fight deal & his return fight was at UFC 106 on November 21, 2009 against TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah. Sadollah defeated Baroni by unanimous decision.
Phil and his girlfriend, Angela, were married on October 12, 2008. 
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|30||13 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||13–12||Amir Sadollah||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||13–11||Joe Riggs||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||13–10||Olaf Alfonso||Decision (Unanimous)||PFC 10: Explosive||September 27, 2008||3||5:00||Lemoore, California|
|Win||12–10||Ron Verdadero||TKO (Punch)||ICON Sport: Hard Times||August 2, 2008||1||0:51||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||11–10||Scott Jansen||KO (Punch)||Cage Rage 27: Step Up||July 12, 2008||1||3:20||London, UK|
|Loss||10–10||Joey Villasenor||TKO (Punches)||EliteXC: Primetime||May 31, 2008||1||1:11||NJ, United States|
|Loss||10–9||Kala Hose||TKO (Strikes)||ICON Sport: Baroni vs. Hose||March 15, 2008||5||1:45||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||10–8||Frank Shamrock||Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||2||4:00||California, United States|
|Win||10–7||Yosuke Nishijima||Technical Submission (Kimura)||PRIDE 32: The Real Deal||October 21, 2006||1||3:20||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–7||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido Survival 2006||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–6||Yuki Kondo||KO (Punch)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||1||0:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–6||Ikuhisa Minowa||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–5||Ryo Chonan||KO (Punch)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||1||1:40||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||7–5||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (Stomps)||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||2||2:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–5||Chris Cruit||Submission (Armbar)||Extreme Fighting Challenge 11||March 5, 2005||2||3:39||Ohio, United States|
|Loss||5–5||Pete Sell||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 51: Super Saturday||February 5, 2005||3||4:19||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Evan Tanner||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 48: Payback||June 19, 2004||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Evan Tanner||TKO (Elbows)||UFC 45: Revolution||November 21, 2003||1||4:42||Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Matt Lindland||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 41: Onslaught||February 28, 2003||3||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–1||Dave Menne||KO (Punches)||UFC 39: The Warriors Return||September 27, 2002||1||0:18||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||4–1||Amar Suloev||TKO (Punches)||UFC 37: High Impact||May 10, 2002||1||2:55||Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Matt Lindland||Decision (Majority)||UFC 34: High Voltage||November 2, 2001||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Robert Sarkozi||TKO (Punches)||WMMAA 1: MegaFights||August 10, 2001||1||1:05||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Curtis Stout||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk||February 23, 2001||2||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Hayes||KO (Punch)||Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 9||August 5, 2000||1||0:35||Plainview, New York, United States|
- ↑ Stupp, Dann (February 10, 2008). Robbie Lawler Stripped of ICON Sport Title; Baroni vs. Hose on Tap. MMA Junkie. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved on March 16, 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Meinhardt, James (March 16, 2008). Hose Swamps Baroni to Capture ICON Belt. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on March 16, 2008.
- ↑ Baroni Likely Headed Back to UFC. mmaweekly.com (April 13, 2009). Retrieved on April 13, 2009.
- ↑ Some Poor Woman Married Phil Baroni. Cagepotato.com (October 16, 2008). Retrieved on October 16, 2008.