UFC veteran Phil Baroni charged with murder in girlfriend’s death

Earlier Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Phil Baroni has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, according to a report from Tribuna De La Bahia.

The former mixed martial artist and boxer was in San Pancho, Mexico, where he was arrested and charged with murder. According to the report, Baroni got into an argument with her partner after she revealed that she had cheated on him. Baroni then allegedly threw her into the shower after she refused to take one, causing her to fall and hit her head. Baroni claims he helped her back to bed and then left the room to get her cigarettes and beer at her request. When he returned to the room, the woman was unconscious.

Baroni alerted the police, who found his partner lying naked on the bed covered by a sheet with no vital signs. Bruises on her face and body indicate she was assaulted. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Known as the “New York Bad Ass”, Baroni was a fan-favorite fighter due to his action-heavy style and boisterous persona. Ultimately, Baroni left the sport with an interim record of 16-19 after going 3-6 inside the Octagon. The 49-year-old last fought in mixed martial arts in 2019, although he boxed professionally in 2021. Baroni also had several pro wrestling matchesincluding one more match Game Changer Wrestling on Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport in 2019.

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