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    BRISBANE, Australia – It’s going to be a good Christmas this year for UFC heavyweight Soa Palelei and his family.

    Just prior to his showing at UFC Fight Night 33 against Pat Barry (8-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC), the native Aussie got some extra incentive to perform well.

    “I got a message from my daughter this morning,” Palelei (20-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) said following the event, which took place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia and aired on FOX Sports 1. “She wanted some Christmas presents. I was like, ‘Damn, I’ve got to win!’

    “But it is a big win, and especially against Pat. But I’m happy to be representing Australia, and putting Australia and Perth on the map.”
    Family and country weren’t the only things providing motivation. In his previous octagon outing, he injured his rib prior to the fight and limped through three rounds with Nikita Krylov. He managed a finish, but UFC President Dana White wasn’t shy in expressing how bored he was in watching it.

    Because the bout came six years after a lackluster loss in a single UFC appearance, Palelei wanted a third chance to make a first impression.

    Thankfully, he did just that. After quickly taking Barry to the ground in the first frame, he quickly took mount and let his hands go. Several punches later, Barry was unconscious, and he was the owner of an impressive win.

    The speed at which Palelei advanced position and did damage was a key in his victory.

    “I’ve been doing it for the past 16 years,” Palelei said. “I’m a first-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. I’m really confident that if I get on top of you, you ain’t getting me off.”
    Although he didn’t test out his thought, Palelei also felt confident he could hang if the fight stayed on its feet. As a sparring partner of the event’s headliner, Mark Hunt, he knew that he could take a punch.

    “I know what his punches are like, and I knew Pat wouldn’t hit harder than Mark,” he said. “But I had to watch out for Pat’s kicks, because he’s got some real dangerous kicks.”
    Like most fighters, Palelei differed to his management and the UFC to name his next opponent. But six-year gaps in his UFC record are a thing of the past.

    “If the UFC tells me to fight another show, I’m happy to hop in there,” he said. “I’ll take a few weeks for Christmas break, but I’m ready.”
    Although Palelei is 36 and has a limited amount of time to make an impact, his cause is aided by the heavyweight division’s relative lack of depth.

    While Barry likely faces question about his viability, Palelei is proving his.

    “I respect Pat as an athlete and a sportsman,” Palelei said. “He’s a really dangerous fighter. I was really worried about his kicks, but I played my game and hopefully, I made a statement today.”
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    UFN 33: Palelei Talks KO Win, Importance of Making a “Statement”
    http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2013/12/...g-a-statement/

    Soa Palelei was not only looking to score a big win last night at UFN 33 because he was fighting in his native Australia, but because his sluggish, stoppage win over Nikita Krylov at UFC 164 was widely panned. Of course, if you watched last night’s card then you know “The Hulk” accomplished his mission, and then some, as he took Pat Barry to the ground and violently put him away.

    After the fight the 36 year-old vet was asked if he felt vindicated by his performance, considering how things unfolded in Palelei’s UFC debut back in August. The massive heavyweight stated:

    “That first fight against Nikita I hurt my rib the week before and popped it in the first round, and I couldn’t breathe, and it was just hard,” Palelei noted at the post fight presser. “So, I went out today, and I respect Pat as an athlete and as a sportsman, he’s a really dangerous fighter, so I was really worried about his kicks, but I played my game, and hopefully I made a statement today.”
    There’s no question that his performance last night should help erase any doubts about Palelei’s abilities, even if he did relay after his fight with Krylov that he was injured. And as far as the strategy Palelei utilized to take out a powerful striker like Barry?

    “I’ve been doing it the last 16 years plus, I’m a first degree, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, I’ve been doing it for a long, long time, and I’m really confident. If I get on top of you you’re not getting me off.”
    With the win, Palelei has now won 10 straight fights since he was defeated by heavyweight, turned light-heavyweight, Mr. Daniel Cormier.
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    I've thought for a while now that he has potential in the UFC. He's just so good at getting guys down, keeping them there and getting the mount. Do I think he would do well against the top ten? No, I don't think he's got the cardio to hang with the big dogs, but this is just proof that you can't count the guy out.

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    I've thought for a while now that he has potential in the UFC. He's just so good at getting guys down, keeping them there and getting the mount. Do I think he would do well against the top ten? No, I don't think he's got the cardio to hang with the big dogs, but this is just proof that you can't count the guy out.
    He definitely has the potential.
    It's hard to judge his cardio based on his last fight with Krylov, as he had a broken rib going into the fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    I've thought for a while now that he has potential in the UFC. He's just so good at getting guys down, keeping them there and getting the mount. Do I think he would do well against the top ten? No, I don't think he's got the cardio to hang with the big dogs, but this is just proof that you can't count the guy out.
    i think he could a guy of stipe miocic caliber who i believe is in the top 10

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    Just for fun, if no one has ever seen Cormier's fight with Soa, you can watch it below. Cormier's strength is crazy impressive; he slams Soa (who cuts down to 265) with a high crotch single just like he did to Barnett. It's around 5:15 into the video.


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