MMANews.com's own Chris Howie caught up with Phil Baroni manager Ken Pavia to discuss the breaking report from earlier which detailed Baroni's failing of a drug-test for the Frank Shamrock fight on the Strikeforce/EliteXC show back on June 22, 2007.
Ken Pavia stated, "while we respect the process and intent of the test we are disappointed with the results as they are completely unexpected."
In response to the two drugs that were found in the California State Athletic Commission results, Pavia says, "Phil did not knowingly ingest these drugs which we are told are veterinary in nature."
Pavia continued, "We intend to exercize all rights that are afforded by the state commission and Armondo Garcia."
In regards to Baroni's reaction to the unfortunate news, Pavia offered the following comment: "Phil Baroni feels that worse then any fine or suspension is the disgrace associated with the positive test to himself, his family and fans." Pavia continued, "As such he asks that judgement be withheld until all facts are in evidence."
We hope to have more on this story later in the week over at MMANews.com.