Pavia did say, however, “Whoever Phil’s next fight is, it will take place at 170 pounds.” He said that in surveying the MMA landscape, there aren’t many fighters in the welterweight division with the one-punch knockout power that Baroni possesses, presenting an opportunity for Baroni to move into the weight class for the first time in his career.
“He’s going to fight at 170,” said Pavia. “He’s at 182 (pounds) right now.”
This could be just what Baroni needs to rejuvenate his career. We’ll see, only time will tell. 170 lbs. is a stacked weight class across the board and there are more than enough intriguing matchups for him there. No matter what, he’s a showman and an entertaining fighter so no matter what weight class he’s at, people are going to watch. Best of luck to Baroni at the new weight class.