At One FC on May 31st, Phil Baroni was cruising through his first round versus Nobatatsu Suzuki until a misstep in the cage and he feel to mat, writhing in pain as Suzuki landed enough punches for the ref to stop it. Baroni's foot was twisted in an unnatural way, costing Baroni the fight and a shoot at the One FC welterweight title. Baroni recently spoke to MMAfighting.com about the fight, and how he hopes an experimental treatment will get him back in the cage sooner than later:
"I knew right away," Baroni sighs.
"I was so close. I could taste it. I knew if I beat that guy, I was getting the fight. I've been dreaming my whole career for that fight."
"It worries me a lot. I'm not rich or making big bucks," Baroni sighs deeper.
"I could easily fall off the wagon right now on one leg. Roll up in my wheel, roll my ass into a casino, put the little money I won down on a f--kin' blackjack table and drinks. It'd be pretty easy. Maybe the old me would've done that, but I can't afford to do that. I need to save money and hopefully find some work."
"A lot of people think I'm done," Baroni says. "I ain't going out like this, dude. I ain't going out breaking my ankle, getting carried out of the ring. The whole argument while I was on the ground, however long I was left in the ring, was because they brought out a stretcher. Motherf--kers, stand me up and carry me the f--k out. I ain't going out of the ring on a f--king stretcher. They're like, ‘But your ankle.' They wouldn't f--king do it. That's what took so long to get me out of the ring, because I was arguing with them. The last time I'm going out of a ring isn't going to be on no f--king stretcher. There's no f--king way. I'm not going out like that. I gave my life to this sport. I made a lot of sacrifices. I beat up my body and punished myself, but the last time I leave the cage is not going to be on a f--king stretcher with my foot twisted off. I had to walk out under my own power."
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