Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields may be great inside the cage, but their ability to hype a fight leaves a lot to be desired. Lucky for Strikeforce, they have Phil Baroni who was at his finest at yesterday’s “Lawler vs Shields” press conference in St. Louis. Here’s a few choice quotes from Phil on his fight against Joe Riggs.

I asked my agent – I said ‘hey get me a southpaw to fight.’  My agent’s pretty stupid.  He said ‘What’s that?  He didn’t know what a southpaw was.  So, I said “It’s a (expletive) left-handed fighter.  I’m real good at fighting lefties.  Lefties are made to order for me.  They eat straight right hands and I’ve got a pretty (expletive) big one.  I’m going to put it right on his kisser.

Really, there’s not much to say.  Joe’s 25 years old and he’ll have his day.  On June 6, I’m knocking him the [expletive] out. I’m going to [expletive] him up bad. I’m going to bust him up the whole [expletive] fight.  It’s up to him how long he wants to last.  Whether he wants to last one round or he wants to last three – I’m going to [expletive] him up.

Never mind being in shape.  I’m not thanking anybody for being here.  Any promotion that has me, it’s lucky for them.  No one’s kissing anyone’s asses.  I’m just ready to fight and beat the (expletive) out of him.