Phil Baroni fascinates me endlessly because he’s been around the block half a dozen times and is somehow both hilariously jaded and eternally dedicated to the fight scene. Having once been The Next Big Thing, he notices all the more how different things are now that he’s in the twilight of his career. He talks about it in his latest blog:
It’s funny, man. There have been a whole bunch of reporters and media in and f*cking out of AKA as of late. Tons of media have been filming and setting up shop.
Now, I know all these jokers pretty much, from the dudes that run and report for the MMA websites, to the crew that works for the UFC. I even know the film crew longer than ZUFFA knows these guys. These motherf*ckers were filming my ass in toughman long before I even fought in the UFC. I remember when ZUFFA hired them and I ran into them in Vegas over 12 years ago. Yeah, I know all the faces and they all remember me, probably wondering what the f*ck am I still doing here. ha ha!
Well anyway, my point is that my own “Dana White media scrum” back in the day, after those workouts or whatever, have now turned into a “Hi”. What used to be a line, or even a funny remark about my opponent to get an interview, has now turned into a “Hi”, and a quick look away. Ha ha! Oh f*cking well. I rather just go about my business anyway.
I mean look at these recent interviews about AKA. No mention of my fight. Yeah Gray Maynard is my boy, and I love the guy. I’m happy he is here training with me again as he brings a ton of useful stuff to the team, but that being said, I’ve been here since 2005. I was the guy who was fighting in the big leagues, and repping AKA in a little show called PRIDE. Remember that? Ever hear of it? Well it used to be big, really f*cking big back in the day. I guess that was when I was young, and I guess I’m not a kid anymore. ha ha!
Nobody on the team even mentioned my win in the last ONE FC. Nobody saw it. Then my DREAM NYE fight, I had no cornerman to go with me. Everyone had the UFC heavyweight championship to worry about. Not some fight on NYE in Japan. I used to think NYE in Japan was a big card which carried some prestige, but WTF do I know?
Really, I don’t give a f*ck. I do my own thing. I always have. I guess I’m more like Mark Coleman than I thought. I’m a loner really. But it is what it is, and I just use it as motivation to train harder and push further.
These MMA supercamps man. Even if you go in and you’re Phil Fucking Baroni, they barely give a damn.
RESPECT THE BARONI!
(pic by Scott Peterson for MMA Weekly)