Soa Palelei Signs With UFC, Meets Stipe Miocic At UFC 161

According to the guys over at, highly rated Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei has inked a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will take on top Croatian prospect Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, which will take place Saturday, June 15th, 2013, in Winnipeg, Canada.

35 year old Soa "The Hulk" Palelei (18-3) has stepped foot inside the octagon once before, entering a disappointing performance against veteran heavyweight Eddie Sanchez at UFC 79, losing via third round knockout. Since that loss the Aussie has won ten of his eleven bouts, finishing every opponent (2 Subs, 8 TKO's), with only one making it to the second round. The sole loss during that run came via submission to Daniel Cormier back in 2010. Most recently Palelei has notched wins over Bob Sapp and Sean McCorkle.

30 year old Stipe Miocic (9-1) recently suffered the first loss of his career when he was knocked out by Stefan Struve in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 5. Previous to that, the Croatian had won his first three fights with the promotion, taking a decision over Joey Beltran and taking TKO victories over both Phil De Fries (knockout of the night) and Shane Del Rosario.

There is no main event announced for UFC 161, although it is expected that Shogun Rua vs. Anotnio Rogerio Nogueira and Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson will take place on this card.

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Published by Lee Rabey - Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:45

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