Phil Baroni recently sat down with MMA Weekly and cleared up a few rumors that have been running rampant for about a month now as well as giving some hints as to what he will be up to in the near future.
Baroni stated that he doesn’t believe he will be fighting in the UFC this fall. He did say that if he does return, he would love to fight Rich Franklin.
“Of course I’d like to fight [Rich] Franklin,” said Baroni. “He is the champ. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I know I match up real good with him, and I know if we fought, I would knock him out. The division is still real tough. They have a good group of middleweights right now over there.”
So what does Baroni have lined up that might actually happen? While he still has one fight left on his PRIDE contract, Baroni believes that he would be able to fight with another organization if he requested.
“Pride is good at letting their fighters fight in other organizations,” said Baroni. “Cage Rage is a great promotion, the biggest in England. I was supposed to fight there two times now, and it didn’t work out. I’m sure I’ll fight in Cage Rage in the near future.”
But here’s the best part, a possible bout between Baroni and Frank Shamrock?
“The guys at Strikeforce are hard at work trying to make it happen,” said Baroni about his proposed fight with Shamrock.
A fight between the two would be an absolute slugfest. Even though Baroni’s plans are different than what we originally thought, it’s going to be fun to see where the New York Bad Ass ends up in the coming months.