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Phil Baroni’s suspension reduced

phil baroniAccording to, Baroni’s suspension has been reduced by the CSAC from a year to six months and it will be retroactive, meaning that while waiting for his hearing, he has been basically serving the suspension:

Phil Baroni, who tested positive for boldenone and stanozolol metabolites following his submission defeat to Frank Shamrock on June 22 in San Jose, has had his suspension reduced from one year to six months, the California State Athletic Commission ruled on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspension will run retroactive from June 22, making Baroni, 31, eligible to return in December. The New Yorker’s fine of $2500 was upheld.

The CSAC shot down two motions: one to upload the year-long suspension and the other to lift all sanctions. The third and final motion had three votes in favor, two against and one tally for an extension.

This is not only good news for Baroni, but good news for Sean Sherk as well. I would expect the CSAC to reduce his suspension and also make it retroactive from July, meaning he would be eligible to fight in January. BJ Penn v. Joe Stevenson? Hold your horses on that one just yet.

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