Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei
has signed a four-bout deal with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, according to the fighter’s
Paradigm Sports Management issued a release Monday announcing that
Palelei will return to the world’s largest MMA promotion for the
first time since a loss to Eddie
Sanchez at UFC 79.
“I’m thankful to Dana White and Joe Silva for giving me this
opportunity to come back to the UFC to showcase my skills,” Palelei
stated in the release. “With determination, hard work and a great
team, I’m happy to say that today I have signed with the UFC. I
look forward to competing in the best organization in the
The “Hulk” has won 10 of his 11 bouts since parting ways with the
UFC following his third-round technical knockout loss to Sanchez.
The 35-year-old will carry an eight-fight winning streak into the
Octagon, with all but one of those triumphs ending inside of one
round. Palelei won five fights in 2012, including recent victories
over former UFC talent Sean
McCorkle and K-1 veteran Bob Sapp.