Phil Baroni in the UFC?

by Caleb on June 8, 2007

Yesterday there was a conference call held for the press to speak with Phil Baroni and Frank Shamrock regarding their upcoming fight June 22 in San Jose at Strikeforce . When a reporter asked Phil Baroni “if you beat Frank, or knock him out, will that give you another ticket back to the UFC?”, Phil’s response was:

Phil Baroni
Phil Baroni

First of all, I want to classify, I can go to the UFC any time I want. I have an open invitation back. Look at the guys fighting in the UFC. There is a bunch of bums. TV show reality star rejects and everything else. I am more than good enough to get to fight in the UFC. I am more than good enough to wear that middleweight title. I left because I had to go and fight in the Grand Prix, which I did. There is an open opportunity to come back and fight for the title after I beat Frank Shamrock. It is not to come back to the UFC. I can say I want to go in the UFC tomorrow. (Dana White) is a friend of mine. Not only is he a friend of mine, he is a businessman, and not to have me fight on the card would be retarded. Why wouldn’t you want me to fight on your show? Every one of my fights is exciting. I bring more to the table than anybody. As far as Frank Shamrock, I have to adjust one thing he keeps saying (that) he is an artist, this and that. Well after I #**##@####**## knock you out, Frank, I will buy you a box of crayons and a coloring book, and you can go be a #**##@####**## artist. But this is not a #**##@####**## artist, and this is not going to be a martial arts exhibition, #**##@####**##. This is going to be a #**##@####**## fight. Do you get it? I am not here to #**##@####**## do the #**##@####**##… I do not know what the #**##@####**## this dude is talking about martial arts. I am a #**##@####**## fighter. I have been a fighter since the day I was born. You are going to get in a fight. There is going to be a fight. I am going to take your #**##@####**## head off. I am going to pound you the #**##@####**## out. This is not a #**##@####**## … I do not know. I do not know what he is talking about martial artist and paint the picture, this is what I do. If this is what you do, you do it. I have been doing it. This is what I have been doing. I do it in the street, I do it in the ring, I have been doing it my whole life. I am a #**##@####**## fighter. I do not know what a #**##@####**## martial artist is, but man, this #**##@####**## guy is just a retard. He is in #**##@####**## la-la land, you know? I do not know where the #**##@####**## he is from. I am a #**##@####**## fighter, you know? Man, I do not get this cat. You are in for a rude awakening, dude. You are in for a rude awakening. You are going to get #**##@####**## up.

Frank Shamrock’s curt response:

Frank Shamrock
Frank Shamrock

That is why they call him the “New York Bad Ass.’’

So Phil is doing his part in pre-fight theatrics for sure.

The card is looking strong at this point, with fighters Joey Villasenor, Tony Fryklund, Cung Le, Murilo Rua, Paul Buentello and others. We won’t know till afterwards, but at the moment it appears that Strikeforce is how one should build a competitor to the UFC and K-1, based on their most recent Dynamite!! USA show, is how not to compete with the UFC (assuming that is their intention).

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