“Phil Baroni looking for a ‘Prince of Tides‘ caliber performance against Nick Nolte” and “Phil Baroni comes ‘Under Fire‘ against Nick Nolte on March 25″ were just two of the titles which were almost used for this article.
Wouldn’t it be so cool if THE Nick Nolte, at age 70, really decided to give MMA a try and there was a promotion who decided to pair him up with someone like “The New York Badass”? Let me answer that for you. Yes it would, it most definitely would.
However, it is still pretty cool that Phil Baroni is still fighting is it not? Let me answer that one for you too. Yes it is. It most definitely is.
Even though he may not be able to hang with the UFC caliber guys, “The New York Badass” is still a fan favorite, always comes to bang and always, without fail, puts on a show, in and out of the cage.
On March 25, Baroni (13-13) will face Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Nick Nolte (2-2) at Titan Fighting Championship 17 in a middleweight bout at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The event will air live on HDNet.
Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly commented on the match-up:
“The first leg of Phil’s comeback tour will begin March 25 live on HDNet vs. a very game competitor in Nick Nolte. Phil is going to get an opportunity to work his way back to where he wants to be and Nick is going to get an opportunity to make himself a nationally known commodity overnight live on HDNet,”
After winning three straight bouts in 2008, Baroni lost a decision to Joe Riggs in Strikeforce in June 2009. He then signed with the UFC where he lost back-to-back bouts against Amir Sadollah in Nov. 2009 and Brad Tavares in Jan. 2011. He sat out 2010 due to an injury.
Baroni talked about the importance of this fight:
“This is a very important fight for me and my preparation has already begun. I cannot afford to be anything but my best. Nolte is a very game opponent and has to see this as an opportunity to get a big win. I’ll do whatever it takes not to let that happen and I look forward to putting on a show in Kansas City and winning over the fans with my exciting fighting style. I plan on setting up shop in Titan and that means taking Nolte’s ass out in KO fashion.”
Nolte is a popular Kansas City fighter who turned pro in 2009 after going 7-3 as an amateur. His most recent bout was at Cage Fight for a Cause in November where he scored a second round rear-naked choke submission victory over Lee Werr.
Stay tuned for additional Titan Fighting Championship 17 match-ups that will be announced in the coming days.