If longtime mixed martial arts veteran Phil Baroni has one "Resolution" for this upcoming new year, it should be to go undefeated in 2011, starting with his welterweight bout against Brad Tavares at UFC 125 on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.
And the way Zuffa has been cutting fighters recently, he may even want to leave the meter running in the cab outside the MGM Grand come fight night.
Baroni dropped a unanimous decision to Amir Sadollah back at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2," his first fight back with the world's largest fight promotion since UFC 51: "Super Saturday" in 2005.
The loss was the second straight for the "New York Bad Ass," and the fifth in his last eight contests. With an overall record of 13-12, you'd have to think if he runs his record to .500 come January, he'll be looking for a new employer shortly thereafter.
Opposing him is recent "Ultimate Fighter" (TUF) 11 contestant Brad Tavares.
The Hawaiian was bounced from the semifinals of the Spike TV reality show by eventual winner Court McGee. Tavares got another crack at UFC stardom at the live finale last June, winning a unanimous decision against Seth Baczynski in a rematch from their controversial quarterfinal fight during the show.
The Team Tompkins product currently stands at a perfect 6-0.
UFC 125: "Resolution" is headlined by a rematch two years in the making between 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar and his personal "Bully," Gray Maynard. The New Year's Day event will also feature an exciting lightweight fight that should be a war between the energetic Clay Guida and "The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi.
Set to throw leather in the welterweight division is Nate Diaz and Dong Hyun Kim, while Chris Leben will look to continue his rise through the ranks of the middleweight division as he takes on former U.S. Marine Brian Stann.
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