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Standing a massive 193cm and weighing in at 130kg, Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei is an Australian mixed martial artist who competed in the heavyweight division of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). He was known for his aggressive style, all but one of his fights ending in a stoppage.

Of Tongan descent and born in 1977 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Palelei made his professional MMA (mixed martial arts) 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 had a brief stint in the UFC in 2007, losing to Eddie Sanchez by TKO in the third round. Released from the promotion shortly thereafter, he made it back in 2013 and signed a multi-fight deal. He officially retired in 2015.

In recent years, Palelei has established a mentoring program for teens called Hulk Kids MMA and has had roles in two feature films.

Palelei lives in Perth.


Face Your Fears Soa Palelei

From fighting to survive as a kid to doing combat in the world’s most brutal arena, this is the remarkable story of one of the first Australian fighters to make it to the UFC.

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