Former mixed martial arts fighter Phil Baroni has been arrested in Mexico for allegedly killing his girlfriend, the prosecutors’ office in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit said Wednesday.
Baroni and his girlfriend, a Mexico City native, argued in a hotel after she revealed she had cheated on him. According to Baroni, he demanded she bathes, and when she refused, he threw her into the shower, where she struck her head twice.
Baroni acknowledged that he placed her on the bed, where she requested beer and cigarettes. When he returned, he believed she was asleep but could not wake her, at which point he notified the police of the situation. Upon entering the hotel room, police noticed bruising and marking on the victim’s face and body, according to the report.
Baroni was then arrested, and an investigation is ongoing.
Baroni made his name in MMA as a brash New Yorker with heavy hands. He made his UFC debut in 2001, defeating Curtis Stout in just the second fight of Baroni’s career. In the Octagon, he fought multiple men who would either hold or challenge for the UFC middleweight title.
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