Phil Baroni has become one of the first casualties of 2011, having been cut from the UFC following his defeat to Brad Tavares at UFC 125 on Saturday Night.

News of his release was expected, with even an emotional Baroni himself stating after the fight that he was expecting it after going 0-2 in his second spell with the promotion.

Baroni’s brash, in-your-face persona and hard-hitting stand-up style made him a cult figure in his original spell in the UFC between 2001-2005, though his record was far from stellar, going 3-5 during that period.

He continued to forge a career outside of the UFC, fighting for a string of notable promotions including PRIDE, Elite XC, Cage Rage and Strikeforce before finding his way back to the UFC in late 2009.

Now 34 years-old and carrying a 13-13 record Baroni has vowed to continue his fighting career, and he’s apparently already been inundated with offers from at least five different promotions.  Despite suffering a fractured nose against Tavares he now hopes to fight again in March if all goes according to plan.

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