Soa Palelei

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Soa Palelei
Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei.jpg
Born (1977-07-12) 12 July 1977 (age 36)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Other names The Hulk
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 264 lb (120 kg)
Division 265
Reach 81.0 in (206 cm)[1][2]
Fighting out of Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Team Team Hulk
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2002–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 21
By knockout 17
By submission 4
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Soa Palelei (born 12 July 1977) is an Australian mixed martial artist. He competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and has also appeared in PRIDE and Impact FC. As of 17 June 2014, he is #14 in official UFC heavyweight rankings.[3]


Born in 1977, Newcastle, New South Wales, of Tongan descent, Palelei started his fighting career at an early age. Wrestling was his first choice in the earlier years and nearly saw him compete for Australia at the Olympics in Sydney. Paleli's interest quickly grew in the arena of martial arts and from there his love of the mixed martial arts grew.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Palelei made his professional MMA debut in September 2002. He was undefeated for the first two years of his career, going 7–0 with all wins either by TKO or submission. He suffered his first defeat via submission to Choi Mu-Bae at PRIDE 28 in October 2004.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Palelei had a brief stint in the UFC at UFC 79 against Eddie Sanchez, losing by TKO in the third round. He was released from the promotion shortly after.


He was at one stage linked a fight at ONE FC - Pride Of A Nation against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, however ONE FC officials pulled him from the fight as he refused to sign a 5-fight exclusive contract with ONE Fighting Championship. He was replaced by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.[4]

After his release from the UFC in 2007, Palelei went 10–1 including wins over UFC veterans Brad Morris and Sean McCorkle.

Return to UFC[edit]

In March 2013, Palelei signed a multi fight deal with the UFC.[5]

Palelei was expected to face Stipe Miocic on 15 June 2013 at UFC 161 until Miocic was reassigned to fight Roy Nelson as a replacement on the main card and Palelei was pulled from the event.[6]

Palelei faced UFC newcomer Nikita Krylov at UFC 164. He won the fight via third round TKO in a lackluster fight which saw both fighters exhausted after the first round. It was later revealed that Palelei suffered a fractured rib during the week before the fight.[7]

Palelei next faced Pat Barry at UFC Fight Night 33 on 7 December 2013.[8] He won the fight via knockout in the first round, after achieving full mount position and landing a barrage of punches.

Palelei faced promotional newcomer Ruan Potts on 10 May 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[9] He won the fight via knockout, again from a full mount, in the first round.

Palelei faced Jared Rosholt on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 43.[10] Palelei lost the fight via unanimous decision.[11]


  • AFC World Heavy Weight Champion
  • K-OZ Entertainment World Super Heavy Weight Champion
  • IKBF Super Heavy Weight World Champion
  • Australian Heavy Weight Mixed Martial Arts Champion
  • Australian Heavy Weight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • W.A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Heavy Weight Champion
  • W.A Freestyle Wrestling Champion at 120 kg
  • W.A MMA Heavy Weight Champion
  • Australian Freestyle Wrestling Champion at 120 kg
  • ADCC Australian Heavy Weight Submission Champion
  • South Pacific MMA Heavy Weight Champion

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–4 Jared Rosholt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt 28 June 2014 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 21–3 Ruan Potts KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva 10 May 2014 1 2:20 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 20–3 Pat Barry KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot 7 December 2013 1 2:09 Brisbane, Australia
Win 19–3 Nikita Krylov TKO (punches) UFC 164 31 August 2013 3 1:34 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 18–3 Sean McCorkle TKO (punches) Australian Fighting Championship 4 7 December 2012 1 1:45 Melbourne, Australia Defended the AFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 17–3 Bob Sapp TKO (punches) Cage Fighting Championship 21 18 May 2012 1 0:12 Sydney, Australia
Win 16–3 Joe Kielur TKO (punches) Australian Fighting Championship 3 14 April 2012 1 1:14 Melbourne, Australia Won the AFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 15–3 Shunske Inoue TKO (punches) Cage Fighting Championship 20 24 February 2012 2 4:08 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 14–3 Sentoryū Henri TKO (punches) K-Oz Entertainment: Bragging Rights 21 January 2012 1 1:26 Perth, Australia Won the K-Oz Entertainment Super Heavyweight Championship & the IKBF Super Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 13–3 Matt Walker KO (punch) Cage Fighting Championship 19 9 December 2011 1 0:16 Sydney, Australia
Win 12–3 Son Hai Suk TKO (punches) Australian Fighting Championship 2 3 September 2011 1 0:28 Melbourne, Australia
Win 11–3 Yusuke Kawaguchi TKO (punches) Australian Fighting Championship 1 25 June 2011 1 N/A Melbourne, Australia
Loss 10–3 Daniel Cormier Submission (punches) Xtreme MMA 3 5 November 2010 1 2:23 Sydney, Australia For the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Brad Morris Submission (americana) Impact FC 2 18 July 2010 1 4:20 Sydney, Australia
Win 9–2 Leamy Tato Submission (armbar) XFC: Return of the Hulk 14 March 2009 1 0:56 Perth, Australia
Loss 8–2 Eddie Sanchez TKO (punches) UFC 79 29 December 2007 3 3:24 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Shaun Vanof KO (punch) KOTC: Perth 5 October 2007 1 0:05 Perth, Australia
Loss 7–1 Choi Mu-Bae Technical Submission (rear naked choke) PRIDE 28 31 October 2004 2 4:55 Saitama, Japan
Win 7–0 Vince Lucero TKO (punches) Shooto Australia - NHB 20 May 2004 1 N/A Melbourne, Australia
Win 6–0 Lance Cartwright TKO (injury) XFC 4 - Australia vs The World 19 March 2004 1 0:38 Queensland, Australia
Win 5–0 Christian Wellisch TKO (punches) Shooto Australia - NHB 12 February 2004 2 4:33 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–0 Don Richards Submission (punches) Shooto Australia - NHB 13 November 2003 1 N/A Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–0 Edwin Montevgini Submission (armbar) After Dark Fight Night 3 1 August 2003 2 1:15 Australia
Win 2–0 Gerald Burton-Batty TKO (punches) Thunderdome 21 February 2003 1 0:49 Perth, Australia
Win 1–0 Brad Morris TKO (doctor stoppage) Xtreme Fight Night 27 September 2002 4 3:00 Australia


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Soa Palelei's profile". Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "Asian MMA: Soa Palelei Out, Andre Arlovski Vs. Tim Sylvia 4 Booked For ONE FC 5". Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ Tom Ngo (4 March 2013). "Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei Signs Four-Fight Contract with UFC". 
  6. ^ Johnston, Mike (22 May 2013). "Nelson vs. Miocic added to UFC 161 in Winnipeg". SportsNet. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (31 August 2013). "UFC 164 results and photos: Tired Soa Palelei stops exhausted Nikita Krylov". Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Dave Reid (2013-09-14). "Pat Barry & Soa Palelei Set To Square Off At UFC Fight Night 33". Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Liam Ducey (2014-02-20). "Soa Palelei to face Ruan Potts at UFC Cincinnati". Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff (2014-05-13). "Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt added to UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand". Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  11. ^ Staff (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 43 results: Jared Rosholt dominates Soa Palelei for decision win". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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