by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Phil Baroni is scheduled to undergo surgery this week to repair a hernia and torn groin muscle, both of which he suffered in his recent Strikeforce title fight with Frank Shamrock. According to manager Ken Pavia, he suffered the injuries early on in the first round of the June 22 bout, which Shamrock eventually won with a rear naked choke towards the end of the second.
“[Phil's] got three months of absolutely nothing,” said Pavia. He won’t be allowed to do any sort of training [during that time]. It’ll be 6-7 months before he can fight again.”
When he does get healthy, Baroni would like another shot at Shamrock. “He wants to get healthy and get back in the ring, take another fight, and get another shot at Frank,” stated Pavia. “He’d like to fight him again when they’re both healthy.”
Baroni is currently under a non-exclusive contract with Strikeforce. He has two fights left on his current deal.