Main Event | Strikeforce Middleweight Championship | 185 lbs
Frank Shamrock defeats Phil Baroni via Submission at 4:00 of Round 2
|22-8-2||Pro Record At Fight||10-7-0|
|Climbed to 23-8||Record After Fight||Fell to 10-8|
|-105 (Near Even)||Betting Odds||-125 (Slight Favorite)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Santa Monica, California||Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|34 years, 6 months, 2 weeks||Age at Fight||31 years, 2 months, 6 days|
|184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'9" (176cm)|
|The Alliance||Gym||American Kickboxing Academy|
- Bout Information
- Event: Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
- Date: Friday 06.22.2007
- Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
- Venue: HP Pavilion
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: San Jose, California, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 12 of 14)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Bill Goldberg, Jay Glazer
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Bill Goldberg
- Shamrock Total Disclosed Pay: $200,000
- Baroni Total Disclosed Pay: $100,000
- Title on Line: Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Vacant
Shamrock vs. Baroni Wiki Update Wiki
One of the legendary fighters of MMA history, Frank Shamrock took three years off from the sport after winning the first WEC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2003. After returning to the cage for Strikeforce in 2006, Shamrock took on UFC veteran Phil Baroni in the main event of a 2007 Pay Per View. The bout was for the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
The fight did not drum up the kind of widespread interest that major UFC cards at the time were drawing, but hardcore fans tuned in in droves to see two old school vets battle it out in the Strikeforce cage. They had good reason to be interested. Shamrock, for his part, was still a more-than-able fighter and one of the best pre-fight promoters fighting in MMA. Baroni, in turn, had delivered inconsistently over the years, but would repeatedly revitalize his career with either a huge knockout or a gutsy slobberknocker just when interest seemed to be waning in him. Baroni thus had an “X” factor that hardcore fans could get excited about.
In the pre-fight buildup, the two fighters engaged in war of words which began on Youtube. The talking started with Shamrock’s DQ loss to Baroni’s friend and training partner Renzo Gracie, a loss that Shamrock treated as a win despite plainly fouling the Gracie legend, because Gracie was unable to continue fighting. Shamrock, as always, sold the Baroni fight well, openly taunting “The New York Badass” and calling him a “meathead.” Talk aside, the consensus view was that Baroni would have to count on a knockout to win, as Shamrock was the more complete martial artist.
When the two finally locked horns in the main event, Shamrock’s pre-fight talk was justified, as he took control in nearly every aspect of the fight. Baroni was too big, too slow, and too tired midway into the first round to get away from the peppering punches and leg kicks of Shamrock.
Shamrock was deducted a point in the first for illegal blows to the back of Baroni’s head. And although Shamrock took some hard shots in the second round, he continued to press the attack, and looked to be having fun against the tiring Baroni. The trouble for Baroni all began with a blistering straight right that knocked Baroni halfway senseless on his feet. As Baroni staggered and a leering Shamrock moved in for the kill, he folded his hands beside his own chin in pantomime that Baroni was going to sleep. Finally, near the end of the second round, that’s exactly what happened. Shamrock secured a Rear Naked Choke that put Baroni out cold with his eyes still open. Baroni, for his part, never tapped.
With the rousing victory, Shamrock reinvigorated his career, which had been on a steady downturn since his departure from the UFC in 1999. As Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, he proudly represented the California-based promotion until losing the belt in his first official title defense nine months later. The win over Baroni was the last win of Shamrock’s professional career, as he lost back-to-back bouts to Cung Le and Nick Diaz thereafter. With his body flagging and injuries mounting, the great Frank Shamrock announced his retirement in June of 2010 live on the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum card. His win against Phil Baroni is remembered as one of his greatest fights.