The UFC wasn’t the only MMA promotion to conduct a conference call today to promote a pay-per-view. EliteXC and Strikeforce hosted a conference to promote their upcoming PPV on June 22 at 10 p.m. ET from San Jose featuring Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.
Shamrock and Baroni were the stars of the show with Baroni putting on one of the most entertaining performances during a conference call that I’ve ever heard. EliteXC usually sends transcripts of their conference calls and if I get it, I’ll post it here.
Baroni may have set a World record for expletives used. I mean, I can’t remember hearing so much swearing. At one point he also told a reporter to hold on while being asked a question and Baroni asked someone in the background to bring him another beer and empty his ashtray. Later on, and I’m not making this up, Baroni could be heard urinating while on the conference call.
In addition to the antics, Phil said that Shamrock has been inactive over the past 7-8 years because the money in MMA wasn’t that big until recently and that the only reason why Shamrock has come back is for the money.
Baroni also indicated that he has an open invitation to return to the UFC anytime he wants. He basically said that he only wants to go back if he can secure a title shot. According to Baroni, Dana White has promised him that if he knocks out Shamrock that he will get a shot at the UFC middleweight title.
Frank said some interesting things as well. He claimed that Renzo Gracie took the easy way out in their fight back in February during EliteXC’s debut card. He claimed Renzo knew there was no way he was going to win and that he saw his chance to get out and took it. Shamrock didn’t feel he even really hit Gracie that hard with the knees that were deemed illegal.
Shamrock also said he has his next fights planned through 2009. I asked him about who he’d like to fight, specifically asking him if he wanted a rematch with Renzo and his adopted brother, Ken. Shamrock confirmed that both are matches he’d like to see made and I asked him if there had been any movement in talks with the match against Ken since the last time I interview him. He said he couldn’t comment in detail but that it’s on the table.
Another name Frank said he’d like to fight is a fighter already on the Strikeforce roster that will be fighting on the undercard June 23, Cung Le.