The UFC recently announced UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot for Brisbane, Australia, on Dec. 7 – Dec. 6 in the U.S. – and the fight card is already beginning to come together.
UFC officials on Friday confirmed the bout first announced by WA News.
Born in Australia, Palelei (19-3) will be fighting on his home turf. He’ll also be fighting to get the bad taste of his UFC debut out of his mouth.
Palelei won his promotional debut, defeating Nikita Krylov by TKO stoppage at UFC 164 last month. The fight extended his unbeaten streak to nine fights, but it didn’t exactly impress his employer.
“That fight was embarrassing. That looked like a Toughman fight,” said UFC president Dana White after the fight.
Palelei explained that his performance was partially due to a rib injury, but still admitted publicly that he felt his performance was lacking. Now, he’ll get the opportunity to have the type of performance that he was hoping for in his debut.
Barry (8-6) isn’t on an impressive streak like Palelei, and doesn’t have the most impressive of records, but he has endeared himself to fans with a go-for-broke style that always entertains.
Barry enters the fight coming off of a loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC 161 in June, and has alternated between wins and losses throughout the majority of his 11-bout UFC tenure.
Another heavyweight bout, pitting Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, headlines the UFC Fight Night event in Brisbane.