by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
Uncertain, doubtful, indeterminate, indefinite and delicate…No, I’m not referring to my credit report, I’m referring to the December 8th Strikeforce fight that was scheduled to take place between Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
If you have heard as many rumors as I have of late, then you’ve probably heard someone say that Frank pulled out, someone else say that Phil pulled out, or even a third rumor that articulates that one of these two was never even signed to begin with.
Well, the guys at MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio got the exclusive lowdown on all things Shamrock and Baroni when former UFC champion Frank Shamrock joined the SoundOff Radio crew to explain what is really going on with this puzzling situation.
Frank, what’s up with all of these rumors?
“Man…I’m having trouble with Phil Baroni,” Shamrock said. “The guy is driving me crazy. I thought I was going to fight him on December 8th, and now I’m not…apparently he [Phil Baroni] never signed,” Shamrock said.
According to Shamrock, it was personal problems that apparently led Phil to pull out of the fight.
Frank said, “I’m all signed…I’m good. I’m spending my money and doing my thing. I was training full-time, and I guess after this fight his fiancée left him and sold his house and he’s all traumatized, so…he’s got personal issues and he can’t fight.”
According to Shamrock, he and Baroni have been planning to do this fight for two years, so it must be extremely frustrating for him that the fight was nixed this close to the actual date.
Shamrock said, “Dude, are you kidding me? I’m pissed…maybe he’s holding out for a few more dollars, but either way I’m going to knock him out. It’s inevitable.”
Shamrock has one simple message for Baroni, “Sign the contract knucklehead…let me knock you out.”
Seeing as this fight has yet to come to fruition with two years invested into it, does Shamrock still want to pursue Phil about getting a fight set up?
“I’m going to keep hounding him until he signs the contract. If he doesn’t, you know, we all know the truth. He opened his mouth and stuck his foot in it and now he can’t get it out,” Shamrock said.
Moving on to other points of conversation, Frank also gave his thoughts on the new announcement that Ken Shamrock will now coach in the IFL.
Frank said, “I think it’s pretty cool… Ken’s a good guy…bottom line is he’s a martial artist and he’s paid his dues and fought his butt off, so you know, it’ll be a good gig for him.”
Since it now seems as though we can officially say that this December 8th fight is off, what can fans expect to see Shamrock doing in the future?
“I’m going to keep training, and I’m opening more martial arts academies – Shamrock Martial Arts Academies – so that’s keeping me pretty busy; and I started a new entertainment company, ‘MMA Entertainment,’ so that’s keeping me even more busy. We’re putting on our first show on November 17, the ‘Beatdown in Bakersfield,” Shamrock said.