A former UFC fighter has been charged with murder in Mexico over the death of his girlfriend.
The Nayarit Attorney General’s office announced last week the arrest of Phillip Baroni on suspicion of murdering a woman. Baroni, 46, is a retired mixed martial arts fighter who was one of the most popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in his time.
SE EJECUTA ORDEN DE APRHENSIÓN POR FEMINICIDIO AGRAVADO
La Fiscalía General de Nayarit a través de la Agencia de Investigación Criminal dio cumplimiento a una orden de aprehension en el municipio de Bahía de Banderas contra Phillip “N”, quien es originario de Estados Unidos… pic.twitter.com/7EUO5zWvEW
— Fiscalía de Nayarit (@NayaritFiscalia) January 4, 2023
Baroni’s arrest came after Mexican authorities found the body of his girlfriend in a San Francisco Nayarit hotel, Processo reported. The incident reportedly happened on New Year’s Day before Baroni reported it to police, claiming his girlfriend was unresponsive. Authorities found a naked woman, covered with a blanket, with bruises on her face and body.
According to Baroni’s statements to the police, he reported Processo, alcohol was consumed in the room while the couple argued over the alleged infidelities of the victim. Baroni told police that he had tried to shower with her, and when she refused, he pushed her into the shower, knocking her over and hitting her head on the floor.
According to the statement, Baroni then helped the woman to bed, removed her wet clothes and covered her with a blanket. The former contestant then left for beer and cigarettes. When he returned, she did not respond.
Baroni began fighting in 2000, joining the UFC in 2001 for his second professional fight when he was 24 years old. He retired in 2019 with an overall record of 16 wins and 19 losses.
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