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“NYBA” returns to the Octagon on New Year’s Day

Phil Baroni will look to shake off more than a year of ring-rust and snap a two-fight losing streak on January 1st, 2011 when he faces Ultimate Fighter Season 11 alumnus Brad Tavares at UFC 125 in Las Vegas. The occasion will mark Baroni’s second fight in the Octagon since re-signing with the UFC last year, as well as his second consecutive opponent with ties to TUF. “The New York Bad Ass” lost a unanimous decision to Ultimate Fighter Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah in November 2009 at UFC 106 in his last outing.

News of the match-up was initially reported by MMAJunkie and has since been confirmed by Baroni himself via Twitter.

Tavares, who turns 23 ten days before the bout, is currently 6-0 and most-recently outpointed Seth Baczysnki last June in his official promotional debut. Prior to the victory the Hawaiian had finished all five of his previous adversaries.

UFC 125 is headlined by a title-defense featuring 155-pound champ Frank Edgar putting his belt on the line against Gray Maynard, as well as Takanori Gomi testing Clay Guida’s motor (and chin), Thiago Silva fighting Brandon Vera, and Antonio McKee’s first crack at victory in the famous eight-sided cage. A bout between heavyweights Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin is also rumored for the event.

  • Dufresne says:

    Hopefully Baroni will pull off a win here. I like watching him fight for the first few minutes of round one, but after that he just ends up gassing. If he loses here in similar fashion to how he lost to Amir he should probably think about hanging up his gloves.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey Dufresne – At this point theres so many small regional shows fighters don’t really have to hang em up just take the competition down a notch or 2 or 3………

  • Angry Mike says:

    Baroni hits hard and can really take a punch, but his conditioning has hurt him in every fight I’ve ever seen. It makes me wonder why he doesn’t do something about it. I’ll bet it’s the same song, different verse. As long as Tavares can weather the initial storm, he’ll get the win.



  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Baroni is not there on his ability or standing in the rankings and therefore he should not be there. He takes the place of a fighter with ability and so he is holding back MMA or at least another more deserving fighters career.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Logic i feel you but i would rather see Baroni put on a show than all the TUF rejects that also dont deserve to be at the UFC stage


    Baroni should’ve taken the Pulver route a long time ago-I ain’t hatin just stating-The UFC being the flagship of MMA as it stands in this day and time should lower the PPV’s by twenty percent and have more free fight nights-I don’t know about you but I am still awaitng the Anderson Siva/dana White payback free show-almost a year and counting


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