See, the Ultimate Fighting Championship isn’t all about trimming its roster. On Monday afternoon, Paradigm Sports Management announced their client, Soa Palelei (pictured), had signed a four-fight contract to join the UFC.
This marks Palelei’s second stint with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. He was one-and-done after losing to Eddie Sanchez at UFC 79 in December of 2009.
“I’m thankful to [UFC president] Dana White and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva for giving me this opportunity to come back to the UFC to showcase my skills,” Palelei stated. “With determination, hard work and a great team, I’m happy to say that today I have signed with the UFC.
“I look forward to competing in the best organization in the world.”
The heavyweight owns an impressive 18-3 professional record, with all of his victories coming via devastating finish. He’ll be riding an eight-fight winning streak into the Octagon.
The 35-year-old was most recently seen in December successfully defending his AFC title against Sean McCorkle. Palelei’s last defeat came to Daniel Cormier in November 2010.
No word on when Palelei will break in his new contract.