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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004

Baroni Vs. Tanner Ii? Baroni’s Game

Baroni vs. Tanner II?
Baroni’s Game

By Loretta Hunt

Phil Baroni
The NY BadAss

Would anyone care for a Baroni-Tanner rematch? "The New York Bad Ass" Phil sure would. On the heels of Tuesday’s notification from the Department of Athletic Regulation for the Mohegan Tribe that his one year suspension had been reduced to three months, the UFC middleweight contender wasted no time yesterday in naming who he’d like to square off against next in his return to the Octagon anticipated for June or July.

"I believe everyone wants to see the Evan Tanner fight, except for Evan Tanner," an enthused Baroni relayed from his home in Las Vegas. "I don’t think he wants to fight me in any way shape or form."

It was a controversial bout back at November’s UFC 45 that saw Baroni score early on against his opponent with his punching power, until Tanner turned the tables late in the round and achieved full mount on route to a questionable stoppage at the hands of referee Larry Landless. "I think he knows that he was very, very lucky last time," comments Baroni on their first meeting. "I think he knows he was saved by Larry [Landless] and he think he wants to get out of there the way he did with a cheesy win and never see me inside the cage again. He said numerous times that he’s never been hit so hard and that’s funny, because I never really hit him that hard. I hit him with glancing shots. When I hit him hard, he’s gonna be asleep. He’ll be on his back and I’ll be on top of him pounding away till the referee pulls me off."

Although Baroni says he’s game to lock horns with Tanner again, he’s also skeptical that his Team Quest adversary will take the challenge. "He had a big mouth after the fight which is very uncharacteristic of Evan Tanner. I said nothing to the guy. I didn’t take anything away from his so-called win, and he came on the Internet with his big mouth and started making comments and the reason he did that was because he’s afraid. Probably for the first time in his life, he was afraid to fight someone and that someone is me. I guarantee he won’t fight me. He’ll say he wants to fight me, but he’ll price himself out of the fight. It’s gonna be an amount that he knows the UFC won’t pay him. He’s going to fucking do that. I guarantee it. I’m telling you guys first now before it happens. That’s going to be his way of getting out of fighting me again."

Calls to the UFC last night confirmed the rematch is indeed under consideration. UFC president Dana White voiced that the organization is looking to make the bout happen as early as UFC 48, although no formal offers have been made to Tanner at this time.

See Evan Tanner’s response below

Tanner Responds:
He’ll Take That Rematch
By Loretta Hunt

Team Quest fighter Evan Tanner has gotten wind of Phil Baroni’s reduced suspension revelation, as well his request for a rematch, and he’s not too enthused. "A reduced suspension?" Tanner scoffed from his home in Oregon earlier today. "He’s not getting punished at all. Shoot, I’ll sometimes have to sit out nine months between fights. What’s three months? That’s nothing. That’s just a formality. He got his fine, which may have hurt him a little bit, but as far as having to sit out, that was just a gesture. That was nothing."

UFC 45: Evan Tanner elbows Phil Baroni
UFC 45: Tanner elbows Baroni

"New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni has jumped back into the spotlight in record time following yesterday’s announcement that he’ll be eligible for MMA competition after March 3rd. Having already issued an open challenge to Tanner for a rematch of their first UFC 45 scuffle back in November, the Texan showed little hesitancy in his reply today. "I’ll definitely take the fight," the quiet middleweight conveyed. "We’ll settle this once and for all. Personally, Baroni and I don’t like each other. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone. I’d be glad to take that fight."

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AFC #4
Held July 19, 2003 – War Memorial, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


  • (155 lbs) – DIN THOMAS (American TOP TEAM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) vs. STEVE BERGER (Vaghi JJ, St Louis, MO.)
  • (195 lbs) – DUSTIN DENES (American TOP TEAM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) vs. AKIRA SHOJI (Tokyo, Japan)
  • (155 lbs) – VITOR ‘SHAOLIN’ RIBEIRO (Nova Uniao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) vs. IVAN MENJIVAR (Team TKO, Montreal, Canada)


  • (205 lbs) – JEFF MONSON (American TOP TEAM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) vs. MIKE DELANEY (Freestyle Academy,Kenosha, WI.)
  • (125 lbs) – SHELBY WALKER (Freelance, Indianapolis, IN.) vs. BETH WESTOVER (PKO School of MMA, Boise, ID)
  • (155 lbs) – JORGE MASVIDAL (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL.) vs. BRIAN GERAGHTY (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI.)
  • (205 lbs) – WILSON GOUVEIA (American Top Team, Ft Lauderdale, FL.) vs. RON FAIRCLOTH (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI.)
  • (185 lbs) – CHARLES MCCARTHY (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL.) vs. JAY MASSEY (ANIMAL HOUSE, Indianapolis, IN.)
  • (170 lbs) – JORGE SANTIAGO (American Top Team, Ft Lauderdale, FL.) vs. JUSTIN WIEMAN (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI.)

AFC #5
Held September 5, 2003 – War Memorial, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

  • 155 lb AFC World Title Match:
    3 RDS
    – Edson Diniz (American TOP TEAM, AFC World Champion, Ft Lauderdale, FL) versus Nick Agallar (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI)

  • 170 lb AFC World Title Match:
    3 RDS
    – Chris Lytle (Integrated Fighting, AFC World Champion, Indianapolis, IN.) versus Chatt Lavender (Blaylock IMB / MBDC, Chatanooga, TN.)

  • 3 RDS / 185 LBS – Dustin Denes (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL) versus Nick Thompson (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI) – Dustin Denes wins
  • 2 RDS / 155 LBS – Pedro Brandao (Gracie Miami, Miami, FL) versus Phil Johns (Silverbacks, Canton, IL)
  • 2 RDS / 185 LBS – Efrain Ruiz (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL) versus Josh Krueger (Duneland VT, Portage, IN)
  • 2 RDS / 135 LBS – Paulo Barros Guerrero (Natal, Brazil) versus Matt Hamilton (Living Defense, Little Rock, AR)
  • 2 RDS / 205 LBS – Marcel Ferreira (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL) versus Tony Ross (Integrated Fighting, AFC World Champion, Indianapolis, IN.)
  • 2 RDS / 155 LBS – Jorge Masvidal (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL) versus Roli Delgado (Living Defense, Little Rock, AR.)
  • 2 RDS / 170 LBS – Jorge Santiago (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL) versus Derrick Noble (Silverbacks, Canton, IL)
  • 2 RDS / 155 LBS – Joe Cervantes (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL) versus Brian Geraghty (Freestyle Academy, Kenosha, WI.)

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