"The New York Badass" is back. Back in the middleweight division that is.
Phil Baroni is set to return to the Octagon and to the 185-pound weight class on August 28 from Boston, Massachusetts at UFC 118 when he takes on John Salter. MMA Weekly reported the match up over the weekend.
Baroni recently dropped a unanimous decision to Amir Sadollah at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2," his first fight back with the Zuffa owned promotion since UFC 51 in 2005.
The loss was the "NYBA's" second straight defeat, and his 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 August, he'll be looking for a new employer shortly thereafter.
Salter is of course coming off a technical knockout victory over Jason MacDonald earlier this month at UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun 2" after MacDonald broke both his tibia and fibula in horrific fashion during the bout.
John dropped his Octagon debut to Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 20 via a hard-fought third round technical knockout. The up-and-comer was off to a perfect start (4-0) to his professional mixed martial arts career before the setback.
UFC 118 is set up to an absolute blockbuster card. The three-headed monster will feature the rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn for "The Answer's" lightweight title, a number one 155-pound contender bout in the form of Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard, and of course, the highly anticipated heavyweight fight between James Toney and Randy Couture.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more news on UFC 118 as it becomes available.