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UFC Quick Quote: Welcome home 'New York Bad Ass'


"I think about my career a lot. The ‘what ifs’ and ‘what could have beens.’ What if the decision had gone my way in the first [Matt] Lindland fight? What if the referee hadn’t illegally allowed [Evan] Tanner’s corner to clean and tend to the cut during the first round of our first bout? What if I hadn’t gotten a little too excited with [referee Larry] Landless? What if I hadn’t fallen into that stupid guillotine choke against Pete Sell? Then reality hits, and I forget about all that, because none of it matters anymore. I’ve just got to move forward. I’ve been thinking about this moment since the day that Zuffa released me back in early 2005. The UFC is my home, and I’m ready to come home again."

-- 33-year-old Pride FC, Elite XC and Strikeforce veteran Phil Baroni talks to about his homecoming bout against Amir Sadollah at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2." The "New York Bad Ass" fought eight times inside the Octagon, beginning with his debut win over Curtis Stout at UFC 30: "Battle at the Boardwalk" in 2001. After finishing 3-5 for the promotion, Baroni looks for a more successful run in his second time around -- starting with the destruction of the Ultimate Fighter 7 champ. Who ya' got?

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