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Phil Baroni out of fight with Roger Huerta after knockout loss last weekend

When news first surfaced stating Phil Baroni and Roger Huerta had been matched up for a fight at One FC 4: Destiny of Warriors it seemed to spark the curiosity of MMA fans intrigued by a pairing many had never envisioned. Unfortunately, it appears the bout will not be taking place after all as the result of Baroni suffering a knockout loss this past Saturday.

Baroni’s loss came in the second round of a scrap against Chris Holland at Ring of Fire 43. The defeat was his second straight his fifth in his last six fights.

Though suspension information has not been released it is extremely unlikely the 14-15 Baroni would be cleared to compete against Huerta on June 23 as had been planned for precautionary reasons. However, even if he was to somehow escape a mandated break based on the knockout it would not necessarily matter anyways as sources have indicated to MMAWeekly that neither Huerta or One FC want to see Baroni in the bout given his recent stumble.

A replacement for Baroni is expected to be announced in the near future.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    well if Roger sticks with Welterweight then maybe Takuya Wada, Dan Hornbuckle, Shamil Zavurov or Rashid Magomedov. if its lightweight you got Toby Imada, always wanted to see them fight, Kawajiri, Aoki, Hellboy? wheres War Mahcine at?

  • fitfreak says:

    I think he’s in jail.

    I hope Baroni got paid more for the Ring of Fire fight than he would have for the One FC fight. If he didn’t, that was a pretty dumb move taking that fight. Plus, a win over a name like Huerta would have meant much more. I’m not saying he would win, but I don’t understand the logic in taking that other fight unless he’s hard up for money.

  • Lord Faust says:

    EDITOR: Baroni was KO’ed by Chris Holland, not Chris Schilling.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Porn Machine actually beat Huerta last time out, which was somewhat surprising and a nice notch in Machine’s belt. But Machine being Machine, he was back in trouble soon enough…one step forward, two steps back. And so it goes.

    For Huerta, he’s been on a gradual descent for a while. Once his negotiations with the UFC fell thru, leading to his departure, that seemed to accelerate the downward spiral. I don’t know if he lost some of his desire & commitment for the fight game, or was just pulled in too many different directions between making movies and traveling abroad (probably some combination thereof), but his days of being able to compete at the highest level of MMA seem to be in the rearview mirror. Beating up that dude that hit the girl outside the bar in Austin, TX has been his biggest post-UFC highlight.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    think back though, Roger was considered top 5 at one point, a win against Kenny or even Maynard, could have gotten him a title shot against BJ. Motivated Huerta vs prime Bj would have been an incredible fight to watch.

    Rogers losses do look bad but in reality he was out pointed by Florian, lost narrowly to Gray and Curran, its only against Eddie and War Machine he really took punishment, and they were both great fights. i always loved to watch him fight, always so entertaining, would be a good addition to a TUF comeback season!

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Thanks for catching that. Must’ve had Pat Schilling on the brain or something. lol

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, Roger was legitimately near the top of the LW division not that long ago. The way he battled back against Guida was really impressive, and he gave Kenny & Maynard tough fights.

    When it came to his failed negotiations & eventual departure from the UFC, I have no idea what all played into that. The UFC is notorious for being difficult to deal with in terms of negotating salary, licensing, external opportunities, etc… so that was probably part of it. But in addition, Roger may not have been super motivated to stay wtih the UFC given the movie opportunities and other options to fight with orgs outside the UFC at the time. In any case, once that divorce happened Roger just never seemed to have the same dedication/motivation in the fight game.

    But he definitely had a good run, which is what made his fairly sudden & dramatic drop off so surprising & disappointing.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Brendhan – no worries. I had Schilling on the brain when I saw the TUF Finale suspensions / payouts; he had a bad night on all fronts, it seems.

    I have a soft spot for NYBA, even though his career hasn’t been going so great for a long time. I follow his fights whenever I can. That Holland kid is on a three fight win streak, all three via KO. Apparently he trains with Chris Camozzi, so this isn’t like Sylvia getting starched by Mercer.

    I am somewhat surprised Huerta had interest in this fight even before. Baroni was a .500 fighter, on the nose, until this loss. I get the idea that Baroni’s loss makes the fight even less marketable, but if those are the kids of names Roger is looking to fight then I guess we won’t be seeing him back in any major promotions soon.

  • MCM says:

    I like Roger for the comeback season. But to do that, you need LW’s. Who else is there? Rich Clementi, Justin Buchholz, Razor Rob, Joe Daddy? I’d rather see a MW or LHW TUF cause LW is so stacked.

    Sorry to go completely off topic.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i agree, i’m just a Huerta fan and want him back fighting for real again.

    With regards to him leaving the UFC, if i remember they were asking him to basically be the face of the UFC in Mexico, and sending him on expos etc and he wanted BJ Penn money to bring Mexico on board for the UFC. Then he went and lost twice, his contract ran out and they were’nt interested in paying huge money for a guy on two defeats if he wasnt 100% dedicated. at least thats a story i remember from the time

  • hindsightufuk says:

    TUF LW comeback season, Huerta, Joe Daddy, Hazelett, Tyson G, Franca (yeah i know, but i loved him as a fighter, just not as a lover), Paul Kelly would be stealing shit.
    you’re right, can’t think of anyone else

  • MCM says:

    Hazelett, Marcus Aurilio, Sean Sherk, Horodecki (even though he never fought in the UFC), plus the guys named above……. it’s a start.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Hindsight Tyson and Joe Daddy are FW fighters now, dont see them moving up but they are awesome.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I’m just glad both One FC and Huerta don’t want the bout to take place… I wonder if financially the One FC would have been a bigger payday for NYBA..? I know he’s hustling and trying to make bank while he can but to schedule fights so close to each other is a bit mind boggling.

    Not only did this probably hurt him financially but his brand would have recieved more attention being on a One FC card against another well branded opponent.


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