Baroni and 'Ninja' Agree to Fight on CBS

By Josh Gross Mar 25, 2008
Phil Baroni (Pictures) and Murilo Rua (Pictures) have verbally agreed to fight May 31 on CBS.

The unsigned middleweight fight will be a televised bout from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw told

Baroni (10-9) is coming off a brutal fight in Honolulu. After taking severe punishment, the 31-year-old New Yorker succumbed to a technical knockout in the fifth round against Kala Kolohe Hose (Pictures).

Rua, 27, rebounded nicely from a knockout suffered against Robbie Lawler (Pictures) last September with a submission of Xavier Foupa-Pokam (Pictures) in London. The win upped his record to 15-8-1.

A tentatively-agreed-to swing bout pits heavyweights Brett Rogers (Pictures) and Jon Murphy, Shaw said.

Baroni-Rua and Rogers-Murphy join the previously announced appearance of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (Pictures) as well as an EliteXC middleweight title fight between champion Lawler and Scott Smith.
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