Soa Palelei Ready For A Potential Slugfest At UFC Fight Night 33

By Rick LaFitte
Soa Palelei
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Two hard-hitting UFC heavyweights will be looking to boost their stock when they square off in Brisbane, Australia at Fight Night 33. Pat Barry and Soa Palelei are both explosive finishers, and there’s a very good chance this one could produce a Knockout of the Night performance.

“HD” is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC 161. That fight lasted just 59 seconds. Barry is a fan-favorite because of his exciting style, but is just 2-4 in his last six fights. Barry has produced two Fight and Knockout of the Night performances during his UFC career, and has seven knockouts in eight career wins. His kickboxing background makes him one of the more devastating kickers in the entire organization.

Palelei is looking to restore his reputation despite being victorious in his return to the promotion. His fight against Nikita Krylov at UFC 164 drew plenty of criticism for being a dreadful and sloppy affair despite Palelei recording a third-round stoppage. UFC President Dana White was one of the harshest critics of both competitors. He called the fight “embarrassing”. Palelei has blamed a rib injury for the lack of cardio that he showed in that fight.

“The Hulk” has a 19-3 career record and is a formidable finisher. He has a strong wrestling and jiu-jitsu background and at 265 pounds, packs quite the punch. Palelei’s recorded an impressive 15 knockouts and also has four submission triumphs. Palelei’s been knocked out once and submitted twice, which means Palelei has never had a fight go to a decision. It’s likely that this trend will continue against Barry.

With two heavyweights in dangerous territory when it comes to their future employment with the promotion, both men should be highly motivated to make an impression. Two powerful strikers should lead to one of the more explosive fights on the card.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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