Popular heavyweight Pat Barry will take a rare turn as the
unwelcome when he visits Brisbane to take on Australian star Soa
Palelei in a heavyweight match just added to the UFC Fight Night event on FOX Sports 1 scheduled
there on Dec. 7.
The UFC confirmed the bout on Saturday.
Palelei (19-3) campaigned for and received another chance to
fight in the UFC after an eight-fight win streak in international
competition. He recently made his return at UFC 164, defeating
newcomer Nikita Krylov via third-round TKO.
His quick turnaround to a December match comes as a bit of a
surprise after citing a fractured rib that slowed his performance.
The 36-year-old Palelei fights out of Perth, on the western side of
Barry (8-6) comes in after alternating wins and losses in his
last five bouts. In 11 Octagon tries, he’s 5-6, but has only
gone to a decision once. In his last bout, which came in June, he
was knocked out by Shawn Jordan.
The UFC Fight Night event will take place at the Brisbane
Entertainment Centre. The main event will see Mark Hunt take on
Antonio Silva, while the co-main event matches former
light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
against James Te Huna.