Phil ‘New York Bad Ass’ Baroni is set to make his UFC return after being released by Zuffa back in February of 2005. Baroni continued his mixed martial arts career in several fight promotions including PrideFC, Strikeforce, Icon Sport, EliteXC and a few others. Baroni’s recent signing with Zuffa has convinced him that although he has fought in many organizations, the UFC will always be his home.
Baroni is scheduled to take on Amir Sadollah as part of this Saturday night’s UFC 106 main fight card. UFC 106 will headline a much anticipated rematch bout between Forrest Griffin and Tito ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Ortiz.
From Phil Baroni:
“I think about my career a lot. The ‘what ifs’ and ‘what could have beens.’ What if the decision had gone my way in the first [Matt] Lindland fight? What if the referee hadn’t illegally allowed [Evan] Tanner’s corner to clean and tend to the cut during the first round of our first bout? What if I hadn’t gotten a little too excited with [referee Larry] Landless? What if I hadn’t fallen into that stupid guillotine choke against Pete Sell? Then reality hits, and I forget about all that, because none of it matters anymore. I’ve just got to move forward. I’ve been thinking about this moment since the day that Zuffa released me back in early 2005. The UFC is my home, and I’m ready to come home again.”