Soa The Hulk Palelei, a 6’4 265lbs+ Australian, is making his way back into the UFC, of which many people believe is long overdue. His record speaks for itself, he boasts an MMA record of (18-3), winning his last 8 consecutively all via TKO/KO.
He is poised and read to make waves in the UFC. Look out heavyweight division, a new player has entered the game.
Q- Today, I’m talking to Soa The Hulk Palelei. How are you doing today?
A- Im great thanks.
Q- Congratulations on signing your multi-fight deal with the UFC. Can you elaborate on how many fights are currently on your contract?
A- I have a minimum 4 fight deal with the UFC and I’m very happy to be back in the all elusive octagon that is the UFC.
Q- You have an immense amount of followers and a strong support base from fans. Many people believe you belong in the UFC HW division and have for a long time now. How does that help your return to the octagon?
A- It feels amazing to know I have so many people behind me with the right management team, trainers, hard work, and my fans, we made it happen. If not for the fans and supporters I wouldn’t be able to do what I do, they’re the ones who purchase the tickets for the shows. Without them there wouldn’t be a show.
Q- A lot of people don’t know that the first competitive sport you fell in love with at a young age was wrestling. You came close to wrestling for Australia at the Sydney Olympics. What fell through with that, and do you give wrestling some credit for why you are such a dominate competitor in this sport?
A- Boxing is what I started off with, then I moved on to wrestling and BJJ. I love all aspects of MMA, and I’m very confident whether it be my ground game or stand up.
Q- Having your wrestling credentials, plus being a BJJ black belt, do you prefer striking boasting 14 out of your 18 wins coming by way of TKO/KO?
A- You know it all depends when you’re in the and you see an opening you go for it, and I know that my ground game is at its best, and when I get you down its not going to be a comfortable place to be in.
Q- Soa, coming into the UFC this time, you are on an 8 fight winning streak. How does that help your confidence going into this fight?
A- I’m always confident. On saying that there is a huge difference between being confident and cocky, that’s something I’m not. I work my ass off day in and day out so I feel confident but I don’t let it get the best of me.
Q- What do you know about your opponent, Stipe Miocic?
A-I know hes a very explosive fighter, and hes coming in there to do business, and so am I, so we will have to see what happens.
Q- Let me ask you, how do you see this fight playing out for you?
A- I don’t see it going past the first round for the reason that were both very explosive fighters and we both want that win. Were there to handle our business and come out the winner.
Q- Does your training camp change for every fighter or do you tend to keep it the same?
A- Certain things change but not too much of course. You need to adapt to each individual fighter, but, I say if it ain’t broken then don’t fix it. I have a great team with me that works me to the best I can be and I will also train at some different gyms just so I can get a variety of people to roll with and spar.
Q- You’re a man of many accomplishments and a highly decorated fighter. Throughout you’re wrestling, BJJ, and MMA career, what accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A- All of them are ones to be proud of. All these accomplishments took a lot of hard work and dedication. I would say I’m most proud of myself for still being so dedicated to the sport that I love and to continue giving it my all.
Q- Where do you see yourself in 5 years in this sport?
A- To be able to have that belt around my waist would be pretty awesome. I see myself hustling and grinding all day every day. That’s just what the hulk does.
Q- Can you briefly take us through a typical day with you? You know, what’s your routine?
A- Wake up, tweet, protein shake, tweet, workout, tweet, shower, tweet, breakfast, tweet, workout, tweet, lunch, tweet, kick some ass, tweet, kick my own ass, dinner, shower sleep. Lol im lucky to have amazing sponsors that help make it possible to do this full time, my 9-5 is training and fighting.
Q- What do you do when you are not training for a fight? What do you do to relax and enjoy yourself?
A- I like music, chilling out I’m a home body. I like to stay home and relax with my family watching a movie.
I’d like to thank you for this opportunity, my sponsors MACK BOOTS, SOUTHERN CROSSFIT, DODGE AND THE TEAM AT OSBOURNE PARK CHRYSLER JEEP AND DODGE, GOBSMACKED MOUTH GUARDS, LIMOUSINE EXCURSIONS MY MANAGEMENT TEAM PARADIGM SPORTS MANAGEMENT, MY TEAM PAUL OREB, GLEN MCEWAN, TONY DELVECHIO MY FANS YOU’RE ALL AMAZING AND MY FAMILY I LOVE YOU AND U KEEP ME GOING. MUCH LOVE “THE HULK” #ONELOVE.
Thank you, Soa. I really appreciate your time during this busy part of your training camp. Seems this fighter has come a long way since his first debut in the UFC while continuing to stay humble throughout his experience.
Remember to tune in or purchase tickets to his fight at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada June 15th 2013. Remember to follow my guest on Twitter at @soathehulk and myself @MMADocket. Soa, again I thank you for your time.