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Phil Baroni vs. Ninja Rua signed for EliteXC’s first CBS Show

21866_fhhypwiivl_vlarge.jpgA middleweight match between Phil Baroni and former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua has been signed for EliteXC’s debut show on CBS on May 31.

Stephanie Daniels, co-host of the Internet radio show Cageside Live was the first to break the news. Upon seeing Daniels’ announcement, ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) confirmed with Baroni through text message that the match has been signed.

Baroni recently returned to active competition following a six-month suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for a banned steroid. The original suspension was for a year but was reduced following a December appeal hearing. Baroni continues to maintain his innocence.

Baroni, 10-9, returned on March 15 during an ICON Sport show in Honolulu, Hawaii. He challenged Kala “Kolohe” Hose for the vacant ICON middleweight title but lost via TKO at 1:45 into round 5 in spite of a strong showing in the first round of the fight.

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