UFC veteran Phil Baroni has signed a multi-year contract with EliteXC, the promotion announced last week.
Baroni (10-8 MMA, 3-5 UFC) fought in the UFC eight times between 2001 and 2005. Inside the octagon “The New York Bad Ass” picked up wins over Curtis Stout, Amar Suloev, and Dave Menne and was defeated by Matt Lindland (twice), Evan Tanner (twice), and Pete Sell.
His last fight, a second round submission loss to Frank Shamrock, took place in June 2007. Baroni subsequently tested positive for steroids and was suspended from competition for six months.
Baroni will make his EliteXC debut on March 15th at Icon Sport “To Hell and Back” against Kala Kalohe Hose. The winner of the bout will be crowned the new Icon Sport World Middleweight Champion after Robbie Lawler was stripped of the title earlier after pulling out of three Icon Sport events in 2007.