UFC Fight Night 33 featured an exciting heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Soa Palelei. Both were looking to put on a show for the Australian crowd, which is exactly what they did. Early in the fight, Palelei took this fight to the mat. It was clear he didn’t want to take his chances on the feet, which proved to be a brilliant move.
He ended up getting mount, and unleashed some brutal ground and pound. Barry was knocked out after a couple of them landed clean, forcing the ref to step in. This is one of Palelei’s biggest wins to date, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Barry has always had holes in his ground game, and Palelei figured he would test these skills.
He looked dominant tonight against Barry. Now, Palelei is on an impressive nine-fight winning streak and he’s 2-0 in the UFC. It couldn’t have gone any better for him tonight, and he’s going to be a tough outing for anyone in the heavyweight division. For Barry, he didn’t look great in this fight, and he’s now on a two-fight losing streak, getting finished in both bouts.
It’s going to be interesting to see where Palelei goes from here. It’s clear he’s a well-rounded fighter, and he’s got some great finishing abilities when on the ground. His cardio was never tested in this bout, which was his weakness in his octagon debut. If he can shore up these deficiencies, he’s gong to be a viable heavyweight contender.