In Mexico, the 46-year-old Phil Baroni, a former mixed martial artist, has been arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend in the hotel room where the two were staying at the time. The girl admitted to him that she had cheated on him, according to the Mexican Tribuna De La Bahia.
The report claimed: “Baroni beat his girlfriend, a Mexico City native, to death in San Pancho, Nayarit, México. He alleges he threw her inside the shower with force after she told him she had cheated where she hit her head and passed away minutes later”.
“Uniformed officers arrived at the hotel with the informant, where they found the woman lying on a bed covered with a sheet that showed multiple marks of beatings, bruises on her face and parts of her body and no vital signs,” the report also noted.
His addiction to alcohol and drugs has been an ongoing struggle for a long period of time. As per the report, Baroni was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, vices with which he has seemingly been struggling with for years, and has apparently failed to overcome them.
Baroni reported himself to the police shortly after the incident, stating that his girlfriend was in his bed and that she was unresponsive. Not long after that, he was arrested and charged with murder. Phil Baroni has had a long and storied career in the world of mixed martial arts.
He experienced the brightest days of his career at the beginning of this century when he quickly rose through the ranks to become a member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and because of his reputation for his aggressive and exciting fighting style, he became one of the fans' favorites.
Despite his popularity, however, he was released from the UFC in 2005 after suffering four consecutive losses. Despite this setback, Baroni persisted in fighting, going on to participate for teams like Japanese Pride and Strikeforce.
He competed against some of the best fighters in the world throughout his career, including Wanderlei Silva and Kazushi Sakuraba.