On the heels of highly regarded fighters such as 5-3 middleweight Thales Leites, and 3-3 welterweight crowd-pleaser Tamdan McCrory being cut from the UFC, reports are currently circulating that none other than “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni may be on his way back to the promotion.
The Las Vegas based knockout artist has reportedly agreed to an offer with the UFC verbally according to a recent report on Sherdog.com. Of course in order for Baroni to have reportedly agreed to an offer, an offer had to have been made in theory.
The news comes almost immediately after a statement issued through Strikeforce that the 170 pound brawler had been released from his obligations to the promotion.
“We wish Phil the best of luck and hope he can revive his career,’’ said Strikeforce President Scott Coker in a press release on Thursday. “If he can, maybe one day, he can return and fight for us.”
After starting his UFC career with a bang, compiling three straight victories, Baroni was given the boot back in 2005 after losing his next four.
Since his release from the UFC Baroni has gone on to put together a record of 8-6; compiling wins over the likes of Ryo Chonan, Yuki Kondo and Olaf Olfanso while dropping bouts to fighters such as Kazou Misaki, Frank Shamrock, and most recently Joe Riggs in Strikeforce.
While Baroni being signed with the UFC is far from official at this point in time, if he was signed, it would be a decisive message to fighters such as the previously noted Thales Leites that the UFC means business when they say that they only want fighters that come to fight.