A former UFC fighter faces Mexican murder charges in connection with his girlfriend’s death.
The Nayarit Attorney General’s office last week announced the arrest of Phillip Baroni on aggravated femicide charges. Baroni, 46, is a retired mixed martial artist who was once one of the most popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
SE EJECUTA ORDER DE APREHENSIÓN POR FEMINICIDIO AGRAVADO
La Fiscalía General de Nayarit a través de la Agencia de Investigación Criminal dio cumplimiento a una orden de aprehensión 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 comes after Mexican authorities found his girlfriend’s body in a San Francisco Nayarit hotel. process reported. The incident reportedly happened on New Year’s Day, before Baroni pulled over police officers who claimed his girlfriend was unresponsive. Authorities found the woman naked, covered with a blanket, and bruised on her face and body.
According to Baroni’s statements to the police, as reported by processAlcohol was consumed in the room as the couple argued over the victim’s alleged infidelities. Baroni told police he tried to take a shower with her and when she refused, he pushed her into the shower – knocking her down and banging her head on the floor.
According to the statement, Baroni then helped the woman to the bed, took off her wet clothes and covered her with a blanket. The former fighter then went to get beer and cigarettes. When he returned she was unresponsive.
Baroni began fighting in 2000 and joined the UFC in 2001 at age 24 for his second professional fight. He retired in 2019 with an overall record of 16 wins and 19 losses.
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