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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.

‘I’d stare at my opponent from across that cage and think, What the f**k are you gonna do to me? Nothing’s gonna break me, you don’t know where I’ve been.’

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.

Following a childhood from hell, Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei was left homeless and headed straight for trouble. Until mixed martial arts put him on the right path in life. After making his professional fighting debut in 2002, Palelei went on to dominate on the Australian circuit. Five years later, he was signed on to compete in the revered Ultimate Fighting Championship.

But the dream didn't last. He lost disastrously in 2007 and was dropped. All his supporters disappeared when he needed them most. He came back to Australia, faded into obscurity and blew out to 160 kilos.

It took him four years of hustle and grind to get back to the top. Multiple championships followed as well as a three-year winning streak that saw him back competing – and claiming victory – on the world stage.

Palelei's raw and powerful story is, at its heart, one about turning obstacles into opportunities and following your dreams – destroying the odds in the hope for a better life.

Reviews

Everyone loves to dream big, but very few are willing to go out there and actually chase those dreams. Big Soa walks the walk and talks the talk! I’m proud to call him a friend

Mark Hunt

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143799979

    June 27, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    272 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781760141097

    June 27, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

    272 pages

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