Ex-UFC star charged with allegedly murdering his girlfriend in Mexico

UFC star is charged with allegedly murdering his girlfriend in Mexico – as prosecutors accuse him of ‘causing at least 37 injuries’ that resulted in her death

  •  Former UFC star is charged with allegedly murdering his girlfriend in Mexico
  •  Phil Baroni was arrested on January 1 after alleged argument with girlfriend
  •  Police found the victim unresponsive on a bed inside the couple’s hotel room
  •  Authorities claim Baroni caused ’37 injuries’ to the victim resulting in her death 

Former UFC fighter Phil Baroni has been charged with aggravated femicide by a judge after allegedly killing his girlfriend in Mexico last week.

According to initial reports, Baroni, 46, called police to his hotel room on January 1 after finding his girlfriend, a Mexico City native, unresponsive.

Former UFC fighter Phil Baroni (pictured) has been officially charged with aggravated femicide after his girlfriend was found dead in a hotel room in Mexico 

According to initial reports, Baroni (pictured during his fighting career), 46, called police to his hotel room on January 1 after finding his girlfriend unresponsive

Baroni, who was reportedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, allegedly told police that the pair had engaged in an argument after she had revealed she had cheated on him.

Baroni said he threw her into the shower where she struck her head twice – and then he helped her back onto the bed where she requested beer and cigarettes.

The former MMA reportedly said he couldn’t wake her up when he returned to the room.

Baroni, who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, told police that the pair had engaged in an argument after she had revealed she had cheated on him

Earlier this week, ESPN acquired a release from the general prosecutor of the State of Nayarit Office, which stated that Baroni allegedly verbally and physically assaulted the victim and caused ‘at least 37 injuries’ that resulted in her death.

Baroni, who could face 30 to 50 years in prison if he is convicted, will remain at Venustiano Carranza State Jail in Tepic, Mexico until the trial begins.

Known as ‘The New York Badass’, he fought in the UFC between 2001 and 2005 before signing with Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championship.

Baroni’s final MMA bout was in September 2019 and saw him lose to Chinese fighter Sai Wang via a first-round submission

He then jumped around between several more MMA organisations before a second stint in the UFC, during which he had two fights.

Baroni’s final MMA bout was in September 2019 and saw him lose to Chinese fighter Sai Wang via a first-round submission.

More recently, he fought and won a boxing match in Mexico, in December 2021.

Baroni had reportedly been living in a coastal region of Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico, when the violent incident occurred.

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