Phil Baroni, a former professional wrestler and current UFC fighter, is accused of killing his fiancée last weekend at a hotel in San Pancho, Mexico. Tribuna de la Baha, a Mexican news organisation, was among the first to report on Baroni's arrest.
In a hotel room on Sunday, local police discovered the body of a lady who had been Baroni's romantic partner. Baroni had earlier approached police officers outside and reported his girlfriend as being unconscious.
According to Baroni, his girlfriend suffered severe head injury after being knocked over in the restroom during a physical altercation between him and his girlfriend. After things had calmed down, Baroni stated that the woman had asked for smokes and beer, which he obtained before returning to the room and finding her unconscious.
In the early 2000s, Baroni competed in the UFC, where he won three of his first four fights. He last competed in the UFC at UFC 125, where Brad Tavares knocked him out in the opening round.
During his MMA career, Baroni competed in ONE, DREAM, Bellator, and PRIDE in addition to the UFC. His most recent fight was in 2019 against Sai Wang at Rebel FC 9.
Baroni fought fellow UFC veteran Chris Leben in bare-knuckle boxing competition. Later, he changed careers and started competing in professional wrestling, making appearances in GCW Bloodsport and Pro Wrestling Syndicate. Baroni is being held by officials in Valle de Banderas, Mexico as they continue their investigation.