Soa "The Hulk" Palelei

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  1. Nagato

    Nagato White Belt

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    You hear it all the time, that people later in their careers claim they are a different fighter than the past. He says he has vastly improved since he lost @ 79 to Eddie Sanchez. Maybe so.

    He does hold wins over Henry Miller, Bob Sapp and Sean McCorkle, but losses to Sanchez, Mu Bae Cho (or similar, won't look it up for correction in Pride) and Daniel Cormier.

    Where would he fit in the UFC if he was invited to compete again and how would he fare against (in or out of it):

    Mitrione
    Del Rosario
    Kongo
    Duffee
    Hague
    Barry
    Rothwell
    Yorke
    Graham
    Arlovski (was meant to fight but got cancelled)
    Sylvia
    Wain
    Grove
    Tuscherer
    Schaub
    McSweeney
    James Thompson
    Monson
    Gonzaga
    Cro Cop
    Staring

    etc

    I think his wins are available online to view...
     
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    OldManGrip Brown Belt

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    agree
     
  4. RankingMMA

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    I'm just not sure how much Palelei has improved since the loss to Sanchez. Sorry to say, but wins over Miller, Sapp, or McCorkle are hardly impressive.

    If he wants to gain the UFC's attention, he's going to have to step up and face a bigger name...Arlovski, Kharitonov, Sylvia, Monson, Grabowski, Hayes, etc.
     
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    Hulk vs Barnett in some organization. Make it happen.
     
  6. RankingMMA

    RankingMMA Green Belt

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    To clarify though, I'm all about the UFC expanding their heavyweight roster and I hope they sign Palelei for one of their Australian cards.
     
  7. RankingMMA

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    Hulk does not want that fight. That would probably be the worst possible matchup for him out of all the available heavyweight free agents.
     
  8. artisabang

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    I think UFC should sign more heavyweight fighters, I think they should lower the bar for them to join as well. The Heavyweight division is a major cash flow, and I think UFC should look to have at least 1 HW fight in each event.

    Other suitable signings

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Kenny-Garner-40802

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_East

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Ruan-Potts-75842

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Smealinho-Rama-93351

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Vitaly-Minakov-63046

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Damian-Grabowski-30320

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Ante-Delija-75487

    :)
     
  9. RankingMMA

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    Garner is signed to an exclusive deal with M-1.
    Tyler East is in jail last I read.
    Vitaly Minakov is signed to an exclusive deal with Bellator.

    I would like to see Grabowski sign with the UFC, but it seems as if the UFC won't sign anyone from Poland!
     
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    He clearly must have read Chef Overeems nutrition and dieting book. This guy is a fringe top 10 at best. Big, strong, slow, poor cardio, will be 40 in 5 years.
     
  11. The Clamburglar

    The Clamburglar Burglin' is my game.

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    He could be useful for an australian card. I say give him another crack at it, and give him someone like Duffee or some shit, and see how it goes.
     
  12. GenghisKhanSays

    GenghisKhanSays Vitor Belfort hand speed

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    UFC should sign him, his getting way to much hype tho.
     
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    Too old. Even with TRT, he'd have a short career ahead of him.
     
  14. Nagato

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    agree on Garner, Grabowski and Minakov

     
  15. Nagato

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    absolutely w/r to his opponents
     
  16. Nagato

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    I'd stay away from Barnett for now, although props if Soa takes that fight.

    Duffee, Volkov, Mitrione, Monson etc would be legit challenges and respectable decisions.

    Not sure if he'd win any of them, but he'd be in the fight and I'd probably take him over Monson at this stage.
     
  17. El Chimpo

    El Chimpo Cruel Man Platinum Member

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    hes a beast physically, thats for sure
     
  18. under_t

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    In heavier devision old guys can hang on.
    Look at HW of MMA and boxing.
     
  19. warriorscommando

    warriorscommando I will always protect you

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    Hulk is great at hyping himself up and connecting with fans. Plus he's mates with Hunt. I think he'd be a nice addition to a weak HW division.
     
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    Yeah, his a pretty nice guy. Always answers questions on Twitter.
     

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