Soa Palelei Returns Against Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in Winnipeg

March 5, 2013

UFC CanadaSoa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei and Stipe Miocic have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 161 on June 15 in Winnipeg, Canada.

UFC officials on Tuesday confirmed the fight, first reported by Australian website

Palelei (18-3) on Monday announced that he had signed a new four-fight contract to make his return to the Octagon after being more than five years removed from a one and done stint at UFC 79.

Palelei has since gone 10-1 outside the Octagon, losing only the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier more than two years ago.

Miocic (9-1), coming off the first loss of his career, will welcome Palelei back at the UFC’s first event in Winnipeg.

Miocic rocketed up the UFC heavyweight ranks, winning his first three bouts in the Octagon before Stefan Struve TKO’d him in the UFC on Fuel TV 5 main event last September in Nottingham, England.

No main event has yet been named for UFC 161, although a light heavyweight feature bout between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is set. Other rumored bouts include Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans and Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley.

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  1. TKO’d by Eddie Sanchez 5 years ago in ’07 at age 30. Back against Stipe now at age 35. Will take Stipe in this one.

    • I have Soa Palelei for this one. Although Stripe is a great fighter I’ll give the edge to Palelei. He’s been on a roll.

      • Yeah beating the 2012 version of Bob Sapp is pretty impressive….

        • 2012 Bob Sapp?? Who’s that supposed to be?

          • The largest “can” in all of MMA and whom Sao fought last year.

        • lol I hear ya. But I’m giving him the edge b/c he’s on an 8 fight win streak all by stoppages. He is a beast of a man. Only 3 losses. Not sleeping on Stipe though he’s young and talented.