Sunday, December 21, 2008

Refocused at 170 pounds, Phil Baroni seeks return to UFC

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Never one to shy away from putting on a show, the always-entertaining Phil Baroni (13-10 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is seeking a return to the biggest stage in MMA.

"I'm hoping (to return to) the UFC," Baroni recently told TAGG Radio (, the official radio partner of ( "That's where I'd like to fight. That's the biggest show right now. That's where you want to be if you're fighting in America right now. That's where I want to fight."

And while "The New York Bad Ass" left the UFC in 2005 on a four-fight losing streak, the 32-year-old believes this time would be a different story.

"In training, I've seen [my improved conditioning] a lot," Baroni said. "Sparring with guys like (Josh) Koscheck and (Jon) Fitch and (Mike) Swick at AKA, I used to get tired by the third five-minute round. And now I'm doing five, five-minute rounds with those guys. My shape is better."

Baroni credits his improved performance and outlook on a decision to drop from middleweight to 170 pounds.

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