"The whole New York Badass thing is a gimmick more than anything, but I am getting older now—I will be 34 when I next fight. Being a punk at 24 is cool but now I think it's tired. I'm not a punk or a wise guy I am a regular guy, a blue collar guy, and a hard worker and that's my real personality. I think people are starting to like me, even Joe Rogan seemed to want me to win my last fight. Now I am just being myself and I think the real fight fans like that and appreciate me. I never look for a way out in a fight, I am a real fighter I am not just an athlete who fights. I have a four-fight contract but I need to start winning or I know I will get cut. I don't want to get cut by the UFC because it took me six long years to fight my way back. I have always wanted to finish my career in the UFC and I wouldn't want to be released now as it would be a long hard road back. I don’t know what I will do when my career ends, I don’t want to think about it. I wanted to make enough money to be able to retire but I am going to have to win a lot of fights if I am going to do that."
Longtime UFC and mixed martial arts veteran Phil Baroni checks in with Bleacher Report from his training grounds in Phuket, Thailand. The artist formerly known as "The Best Eva" is facing an uphill battle against today's newer generation of well rounded fighters. Baroni is trying to keep up with the times and complete his arsenal -- but is it too little, too late? Can the NYBA make one last run before hanging up the gloves?