LONDON -- "New York Badass" Phil Baroni (Pictures) went some way to resurrecting his career Saturday night, with his impressive three-minute destruction of the game, but significantly overmatched Brit Scott Jansen (Pictures) at Cage Rage 27 "Step Up" inside the Wembley Arena. In his first fight at welterweight, Baroni -- who'd spent his entire career at 185 pounds -- imposed his will from the start and scored with a solid takedown. Working from side control, the American came very close to sealing an early finish with a tight straight armbar in which he appeared to hyper-extend Jansen's arm.
Baroni was unable to finish and following a standup by the referee, he reverted to his bread-and-butter attack. After a brutal right to the body, Baroni switched upstairs immediately, landing a haymaker of a right hand on Jansen's chin. Jansen dropped heavily, his head bouncing off the floor.
With his record at 10-10 this fight was pretty much do or die for Baroni's career. Baroni's always a colorful character and promotes a fight with the best of them. With a new weight class and a puncher's chance in every fight...maybe he can become relevant once again? Doubtful, but one thing is for sure...win or lose...you will be entertained by the The New York Badass.
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