Shamrock-Baroni Press Conference Quotes

Despite rumors concerning the eligibility of both “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua to compete on Friday’s “Shamrock vs. Baroni” world championship mixed martial arts fight card, it was confirmed, two days beforehand, that both will suit up and enter the cage for their respective matchups.

Former UFC middleweight champion and King Of Pancrase, Frank Shamrock, will square off Baroni, a UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) title while former Pride stars, Joey “The Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Rua will battle for the vacant EliteXC world middleweight (185 lb. limit) crown.

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Baroni and Rua Cleared to Fight is reporting that the California State Athletic Commission has cleared both Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua allowing them to compete on Friday’s co-promoted EliteXC/Strikeforce card.

Hurdles in the way of Phil Baroni and Murilo Rua’s anticipated fights Friday in San Jose, Calif. have been cleared, California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia told




Baroni Finds Out Medical Status Today

Reports surfaced yesterday on Gracie Fighter stating that Phil Baroni may not be fighting Frank Shamrock after all this weekend because his medical work wasn’t done yet. The report has since then been “removed by request.”

Josh Gross of Sherdog shed light on the situation
with a report this morning:

Regarding a report that surfaced Tuesday on about the status of Phil Baroni, who is scheduled to fight Frank Shamrock on the card’s main event, Garcia said the middleweight underwent standard MRI tests required of all licensees.

Ken Pavia, who also represents Baroni, said results should be known sometime Wednesday morning and that he believed his client would be cleared to fight.

Rua Likely to Fight Villasenor; Vitale Signed to Long-Term Deal

Armando Garcia and Ken Pavia have confirmed that the medical situation surrounding Murilo Rua has now been resolved and it is likely that he will go on to face Joey Villasenor for the Elite XC Middleweight Title this Friday night.

Elite XC originally announced that Rua was off of the card after failing a physical given by the CSAC. However he was never denied a license to fight in the state and after some consideration, Garcia found that Rua would be able to compete after all.

Vitale will be paid by Elite XC for his troubles and even though he probably will not be fighting on this event, Elite XC agreed to sign him to a long-term deal.

Charles Bennett Off Strikeforce Card?

Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett (17-13-2) has been forced to withdraw from his fight scheduled for this Friday due to some legal issues. According to reports, Krazy Horse, was arrested June 15, 2007 for two charges of violating his probation in Marion County, Fla.

Bennett was recently arrested, with a booking date of June 15, 2007, for two charges of violating his probation in Marion County, Fla. Apparently, he will not be able to clear up his legal troubles in time to make the fight.

Bennett was scheduled to face Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela (5-1-2) on Friday’s Strikeforce event. Taking Bennett’s place on the card will be EliteXC veteran Edson Berto (10-3-1).

Update 5:23 PM: Bloody Elbow has confirmed that Bennett is in jail.

I just called the Marion County jail and they have confirmed Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett will be in jail until AT LEAST July 16.  There is no bond on his two felony charges regarding his violation of probation.

Update 8:00 PM: Josh Gross of Sherdog is reporting that Bennett is currently in talks with prosecutors in order to be released in time to compete on Friday night.

If Bennett is unable to be released from jail in time, Elite XC has announced that James Edson Berto will take his place against Victor Valenzuela.

Gina Carano Joins ProElite Internet Telecast Team

LOS ANGELES—Gina Carano, who is perhaps the MMA’s most talented and recognizable women’s fighter, will take a swing at broadcasting as she steps behind the camera to join the internet telecast team for the Friday, June 22 blockbuster event live on SHOWTIME® PPV from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

The personable, popular, charming and charismatic EliteXC star will work alongside Todd Keneley and ”$kala,’’ aka Jared Shaw, who will call the action of a terrific undercard streamed live on, a respected, rapidly growing Internet destination for the MMA community. 

The undercard features many of today’s top up-and-coming fighters. As many as five bouts will be streamed live at starting at 4:40 p.m. PT/7:40 p.m. ET.

“Gina’s passionate, she’s articulate and she clearly knows the sport,’’ Kelly Perdew, President of, a division of ProElite Inc., said. “She is going to be an exciting announcer. EliteXC always has exciting fights, the best fights out there, and Gina will do a great job as part of the announce team.

“Anybody that has met Gina knows she is great, funny and bright. She will do an excellent job as an announcer for the EliteXC undercard.’’

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Elite XC Picks Vitale to Replace Rua

Elite XC has selected Falaniko Vitale to replace Murilo Rua at this Friday’s Elite XC/Strikeforce co-promoted event: Shamrock vs Baroni.

Vitale will be taking on Rua’s original opponent, Joey Villasenor. However since Vitale is being placed on the card so late, the California State Athletic Commission has ruled that the bout will now be a non-title affair.

Vitale is currently sporting a 22-7 record and has gone 7-4 since leaving the UFC in 2003. He is 1-1 in 2007: Vitale lost a split decision to Jeremy Horn at IFL: Oakland in January and returned to the win column with a victory over Mavrick Harvey at an Extreme Wars Hawaii event in March.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua Fails Physical, Off Strikeforce-EliteXC Card

Murilo “Ninja” Rua will not be fighting on the highly anticipated “Shamrock vs. Baroni” Friday, June 22 cage fight card extravaganza from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

“Ninja,” who was scheduled to fight Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title as part of the Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), did not pass the physical. 

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Countdown to Shamrock vs Baroni Premieres Tuesday, June 12 on Showtime

LOS ANGELES – Exclusive access, never-before-seen footage and explosive rivalries all define “Countdown To Shamrock vs. Baroni,” a 30-minute magazine show set to premier on Showtime on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET /PT.  “Countdown” explores the highly anticipated world championship mixed martial arts showdown between former UFC middleweight king, Frank Shamrock, and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni.

The 14-match mega fight card will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose , Calif. on Friday, June 22, and will feature Shamrock vs. Baroni in the main event with up to five other matches airing live on Showtime PPV ( 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT ). As many as five undercard bouts will be streamed live at while a few bouts will be reserved for those in attendance at the “Shark Tank.”

“Countdown” will take you inside the training camps for an exclusive look at the first-degree grudge match between the crafty and versatile legend Shamrock and the power-punching and edgy New Yorker with a bad attitude Baroni.  At stake for both fighters are the coveted Strikeforce Middleweight World Title and their respective reputations. The pair has engaged in a veritable war of words since long before this match had been officially announced. 

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