The UFC roster will now feature 78% more nerd bashing as it looks like Phil Baroni will be heading back to the organization. While “The New York Bad Ass” dropped his most recent fight via decision to Joe Riggs, he won his last three fights before that. It’s highly unlikely that Baroni will be fighting for UFC gold anytime soon, but he’ll still be a welcome addition to the roster as he rarely puts on a boring fight and his pre-fight banter is always entertaining to say the least. Tamdan McCrory is lucky he was dropped from his contract. Baroni probably would have stolen his lunch money and stuffed him in a locker.
In other fighter signing news…
- Matt Lindland is the newest addition to Strikeforce’s impressive middleweight roster. “The Law” mentioned Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Cung Le as possible opponents in his first fight. Le is still dicking around in Hollywood so that seems unlikely. Shields is supposedly fighting for the interim middleweight belt in his next bout and considering Lindland is coming off of a devastating KO loss to Vitor Belfort it would be odd to place him in a title fight. Lawler seems like the most likely option.
- Dennis Hallman has signed a four-fight deal to return to the UFC. A veteran of 55 mixed martial arts contests, Hallman is known mostly for two quick submission wins over Matt Hughes. I wonder how long it’s going to take before Hallman is announced as Hughes next opponent.
- Jake Ellenberger — a veteran of Bellator, the IFL, and bodogFight — has stepped in to fight former WEC champ Carlos Condit as UFC Fight Night 19. Chris Lytle was forced out of the bout with a torn ACL.
- Brad Blackburn has signed a four-fight extension with the UFC after going undefeated in his first three bouts with the organization. Blackburn has gone 6-1 in his past seven fights and looks to have a bright future in the UFC.