MMA veteran Phil Baroni has been arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend at a hotel room in San Pancho, Mexico, according to a report from Tribuna De La Bahia.
The former UFC fighter reportedly flagged down the police and informed them that his girlfriend was unconscious and needed help. When the police arrived at the room, the woman was lying naked on the bed, covered in a sheet and had no vital signs. She also had bruises on her face and body, injuries that seem to indicate some type of assault.
Baroni told police that while smoking marijuana and drinking beer, the woman revealed that she had cheated on him with another man. Baroni claimed that he told her to take a shower and allegedly threw her into the shower when she refused, causing the woman to fall and hit her head. According to Baroni, he helped her back to the bed and left the room to get her a cigarette and beer at her request. Upon his return, Baroni claimed to notice the woman was unconscious after laying down next to her.
Baroni was arrested by the State Tourist Police and is being held by the Municipal Court of Valle De Banderas, according to the report. Baroni is under investigation for homicide, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the woman’s cause of death.
A native of Long Island, NY, Baroni last competed professionally in MMA in September 2019. “The New York Badass” fought for the UFC, Bellator, One Championship and Pride Fighting Championships over the course of a tenure that began in 2000. More recently , Baroni won a boxing match in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in December 2021.
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January 4, 2023