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MMA Crossfire – UFC heavyweight Soa Palelei retires at 38

UFC heavyweight Soa “The Hulk” Palelei  announced his retirement Monday via a social media statement.

The 38-year-old Australian leaves with a 22-5-0 record, but will remain involved in the background elements of the sport

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Palelei released the following statement on Monday:

I want to take an opportunity to officially announce my retirement from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. 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 went 4-2-0 in the octagon with 4 finishes. His last fight was a TKO loss to Antonio Silva at UFC190 in August.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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