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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.

  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Does Alfonso really need to get his nose or jaw broken AGAIN?

  • Boston Blackie says:

    Olaf may be a PRIDE veteran, but that included only one fight, and a quick knockout from the hands of Mach Sakurai. He’s more of a PFC/WEC veteran who is always entertaining, but a knockout waiting to happen. Ordinarily he fights at Lightweight, so this won’t help.

    This fight was actually announced more than a month ago.

  • doubleA-ron says:

    i am tired of hearing phil baronis name. does he fight like every other weekend. he gets more publicity than any other 500 fighter i know. get a hair cut or change something so maybe it wont be so bad. MAN!

  • Rich S. says:

    ya, i’m just waiting for Alfonso to turn into the first in-ring casualty.. and Baroni definitely has the power to make that happen..

    this is going to be brutal..
    i’ll give Alfonso no more than 30-45 seconds before he’s on a stretcher and the EMT’s are looking for his jaw in the crowd…

  • darkmetal says:

    Still perhaps the dumbest fighter in MMA that we actually see fighting at his level. Sure the guy is tough, but the gap betewen his ears is indeed sizeable.

  • THORAZINE says:

    A Steroid Raging MeatHead KO’d on National TV… perfect.

  • Jennifer says:

    People still care about Phil Baroni? I think the show he put on with the chicks in NY Yankees gear while he was walking to the ring at Elite XC was far more interesting than his actual fight.


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