In a career that has entailed a tremendous amount of highs and lows inside the cage or ring, Phil Baroni's most recent loss may have be the most devastating low point of them all.
The "New York Bad Ass" took on Nobutatsu Suzuki in one of the featured bouts at ONE FC 9: "Rise to Power" on Friday (May 31, 2013) and was forced to leave the cage under graphic circumstances after suffering a broken fibula and dislocated ankle (see it here).
With his back against the cage and with Suzuki coming forward, Baroni ate a big right hand and that knocked him to the ground and led to his leg bending on a grotesque fashion.
The fight was immediately stopped and Suzuki was awarded the (technical) knockout victory, but the real damage in the fight had been done to the American's leg.
The 37-year-old was transported to a local hospital for medical attention and hours later James Goyder reported on the extent of Baroni's injuries via Twitter, confirming the fibula break and ankle dislocation.
Baroni (15-17) has lost seven of his past 10 fights and with a recovery time that could last anywhere from six to 12 weeks as well as a lot of rehab, the gruesome injury could mark the end of Baroni's career as one of the most exciting and charismatic personalities to ever participate in the sport.