Phil Baroni, the “New York Bad Ass” himself, has posted a message on the Underground forums at MixedMartialArts.com stating that he is set to compete at a tentatively scheduled Strikeforce event in Seattle this May.
An exact or opponent has been confirmed as of yet with contracts also not having been finalized.
“The fight is at welterweight an will take place May in Seattle,” Baroni informed the UG. “I’ve started my training camp at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas… I’m very happy to be fighting in Strikeforce for (Founder and CEO) Scott Coker again. Having done business with Scott Coker in the past, I could not be any happier that he has the CBS (and) Showtime TV deal… Honest promoters are hard to come (by) an I’m glad to be fighting for one of the few out there.”
Baroni has rejuvenated his career since dropping down to welterweight and is currently riding a three fight win streak. This will not be Baroni’s first foray under the Strikeforce banner as he had a highly publicized fight against Frank Shamrock in June of 2007 that was co-promoted by EliteXC and Strikeforce. Shamrock won the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title following a second round submission.
Baroni went on to lose two more fights at middleweight including losing via first round TKO to Joey Villasenor on EliteXC’s debut show on CBS in May of 2008. Since dropping down to 170, Baroni has wins over Olaf Alfonso, Ron Verdadero and Scott Jansen while fighting for various promotions.
The San Jose-based Strikeforce produced eight shows in 2008 but have since signed with Showtime to produce 16 live televised events per year. That announcement came on the heels of the acquisition of several big name stars who had fought under the ProElite umbrella.
If the rumored May event is finalized, it would mark Strikeforce’s second trip to Washington state after having promoted a show at the Tacoma Dome in February of 2008. The event, billed as “Strikeforce at the Dome” and televised by HDNet, was headlined by former University of Washington football standout Bob Sapp.