Phil Baroni Versus Amir Sadollah Confirmed For UFC, Baroni Calls Strikeforce Cut “Bush League”

UFC welterweights “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (13-11) and The Ultimate Fighter 7 champ Amir Sadollah (1-1) have agreed to fight, Fighters.com has confirmed.

Inside Fights reports the matchup will be at UFC 106 in Las Vegas 21 November.

Baroni was released by Strikeforce 14 August before signing to return to the Octagon for the first time since going to sleep in a guillotine by “Drago” Pete Sell (8-5) at UFC 51 in Las Vegas in February 2005. Baroni called his UFC contract “an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

In an unusual press release, Strikeforce stated in explanation: “The 33-year-old Baroni has lost four of his last seven bouts. In his last appearance, a welterweight matchup with “Diesel” Joe Riggs (30-11) [in St. Louis 6 June], Baroni sustained a one-sided defeat by way of unanimous judges’ decision.”

“I did not get a phone call or even a letter [from Strikeforce]. My agent, Ken Pavia, told me [I was cut],” Baroni told Fighters.com Thursday. “I dont know why a show would send out a press release they cut somebody. Bush league and really shitty in my opinion.”

Sadollah will return after a 29-second TKO loss to John Hendricks (6-0) at UFC 101 in Philadelphia 8 August, a controversial referee stoppage that really wasn’t.