“The Hulk” is headed for the retirement home. On Monday, UFC heavyweight Soa Palelei (pictured) announced he has decided to walk away from MMA at the age of 37.
“I want to take an opportunity to officially announce my retirement from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” Palelei wrote on his verified Twitter page. “Thank you to the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Joe Silva for giving me a second chance to fight for the organization. I’ve had a great time, but feel it’s time to focus on my family and other career interests. After several months of thought and discussion with my family and my team, we realize our future includes many things in MMA, but active competition in the sport is no longer one of them.
“This isn’t goodbye, as I will still be very much involved in the sport but just not as a fighter. I want to help further MMA around the world and give my contribution to the sport. I know that I have, and will continue to contribute much to the growth of our sport outside of the Octagon. Stay tuned guys as there is still so much more to come from “The Hulk” #WatchThisSpace #MuchLove”
Palelei started his MMA career back in 2002, compiling a 22-5 record along the way. He went 4-2 in his second stint in the UFC.
Palelei was last seen getting TKO’d by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 190 in August.
Palelei becomes the third fighter in four days to retire from MMA. Nick Newell (29) and Rick Hawn (39) hung up their gloves Saturday and yesterday, respectively.