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Weep for the past: Baroni will not rematch Minowa in ONE FC

The internet was all a-twitter last week with rumors of a rubber match between Phil Baroni and Ikuhisa Minowa in the world’s head-stompingest MMA promotion, ONE FC. Unfortunately, according to Baroni’s Twitter feed—which essentially functions as his frontal lobe—Minowa has turned down the fight:

His next two tweets— “She says I’m the life of the party ha ha ha ah ha” and “UGH that was a rough night,” in that order— were presumably not related.

The New York Badass and Minowaman first faced each other at Pride Bushido 7 in 2005—a slobberknocker that has since become a minor legend. Baroni won that fight in the second by repeatedly stomping on Minowa’s face and head, which was the kind of thing that happened to people who fought in Japan during the last decade. Their rematch at Pride Bushido 9 was a more sober affair that saw Minowaman grind out a decision via takedowns and top control, much to the chagrin of Baroni and his fan base.

Since then, both men have enjoyed career renaissances of sorts. Baroni made short work of Rodrigo Ribeiro at a ONE FC event in Manila, and Minowa defeated Jin Soo Yuk at Road FC 9 two weeks ago, at the enticingly-named Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym. It only makes sense that these rising middleweight prospects would finish what they started in 2005, but maybe we overestimate the number of people who watched Japanese MMA seven years ago. It seems impossible, but here we are.

  • Reverend Clint

    damn jap can vs NY can has so much going for it

  • randlemansvertical

    Remember how they used to tell us how the japanese fans were so educated and watched the fights quietly and intently, when in reality it’s just cause japanese are weird people who love watching schoolgirls get molested by tentacles? Sakuraba would do a cartwheel and the crowd would ooh and aah, what a joke, it was more entertaining than what the UFC has become though. I’d much rather watch igor the ukrainian village hard man vs speedos watanabe than see jon super slave jones teabag the entire ufc roster

  • jjdnb

    Minowaman would whoop that ass