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Baroni to fight for Palace Fighting Championships on Sept. 26

The Palace Fighting Championships have announced that the “New York Bad AssPhil Baroni will be fighting on the promotion’s Sept. 26 show in Lemoore, Calif.

Baroni, expected to compete at welterweight, is scheduled to face former WEC veteran Olaf Alfonso during the promotion’s Palace Fighting Championships 10 show.

The former UFC middleweight is now 2-0 after losing via first round TKO on primetime network television against Joey Villasenor during CBS’ first-ever MMA telecast on May 31.

Soon after the loss to Villasenor, Baroni announced his intention to move from middleweight to welterweight. He made his 170 pound debut while competing for ProElite-owned Cage Rage on July 12, where he knocked out Scott Jansen at 3:18 of round 1.

He would fight again less than a month later, this time for ProElite-owned ICON Sport on August 2 in a 175 pound fight against Ron Verdadero. Baroni TKO’d Verdadero at 0:51 of round 1 in what some in attendance claimed to have been a premature stoppage.

Alfonso is 7-8, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. The former PRIDE Bushido veteran has won two consecutive fights after having lost six in a row.

The event is also advertising the MMA debut of Chad Mendes, who recently signed a six-fight deal with the PFC. Mendes was a runner-up in this year’s NCAA tournament and now a member of Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento. Like Faber, he also competes as a featherweight.

PFC 10 is also slated to feature a lightweight title defense by PFC champion Brian Cobb, who will be taking on Lance Wipf. Also scheduled to fight are WEC bantamweights Antonio Banuelos, Charlie Valencia, and Del Hawkins.

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