12 July 1977 |
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||The Hulk|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||264 lb (120 kg)|
|Reach||81.0 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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
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
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.
Return to UFC
In March 2013, Palelei signed a multi fight deal with the UFC.
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.
- 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||21 wins||4 losses|
|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|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva". UFC.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Soa Palelei's profile". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- "Asian MMA: Soa Palelei Out, Andre Arlovski Vs. Tim Sylvia 4 Booked For ONE FC 5". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- Tom Ngo (4 March 2013). "Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei Signs Four-Fight Contract with UFC". 5thround.com.
- Johnston, Mike (22 May 2013). "Nelson vs. Miocic added to UFC 161 in Winnipeg". SportsNet. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- Steven Marrocco (31 August 2013). "UFC 164 results and photos: Tired Soa Palelei stops exhausted Nikita Krylov". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- Dave Reid (2013-09-14). "Pat Barry & Soa Palelei Set To Square Off At UFC Fight Night 33". mmainsider.net. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- Liam Ducey (2014-02-20). "Soa Palelei to face Ruan Potts at UFC Cincinnati". watoday.com.au. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- Staff (2014-05-13). "Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt added to UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Staff (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 43 results: Jared Rosholt dominates Soa Palelei for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28.