Phil Baroni has been in the MMA business for 13 years and has fought in almost every promotion there is.
He’s gone to arenas with thousands of people in the UFC and then down to ones with just a fraction of that in the Palace Fighting Championships.
His next venture is ONE FC, a promotion he didn’t have high expectations for, but they’ve surprised him. ONE FC puts on a good show and also put Baroni infront of over a half a million potential viewers on an international scale. ONE FC is broadcasted in 28 Asian countries.
This exposure took him to markets where MMA fighters weren’t as saturated and the fans have a much larger appreciation for him and his talent. “I didn’t feel like I took a step down. I was still in a big show,” Baroni said, “They don’t idolize us, but put us on a pedestal and not just look to rip us apart. It makes you feel good about yourself. They definitely appreciate the fighters and the sport.”
Baroni has taken some beating during his reign in the UFC, something that comes with the territory. But when ONE FC took him to Singapore and the Philippines he’s able to start over with a clean slate.
His third appearance for the promotion is against Nobutatsu Suzuki on the main card of “ONE FC: Rise to Power.”
“I always give it my all. I don’t try to be politically correct; I just say how I feel. I think a lot of people like that. I’m a regular guy.”