Soa Palelei crushes Pat Barry in first-round knockout

Barry v Palelei
Soa Palelei put a beating on Pat Barry at UFC Fight Night.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


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After making his UFC return with a much criticized performance, Soa Palelei can bask in the rays of celebration after his second effort. Utilizing the ground and pound style that has marked most of his wins, Palelei smashed Pat Barry, earning a first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot.

The end came in just 2:09.

Palelei scored a takedown just one minute into the round. Barry briefly threatened with a pair of kimuras, but after Palelei pulled his arm free, the rest was all him. He moved to full mount, postured up and landed a hail of power punches from the top. After one, Barry’s head bounced off the mat and referee Steve Perceval stopped him.

As Palelei celebrated, Barry got off the mat, walked about 10 feet and fell down face-first into the mat and cage. He was immediately helped up and he eventually left the cage under his own power.

Still, it was a disappointing second straight KO loss, and third in his last four fights for Barry, a crowd favorite who has struggled to find any sustained consistency. Prior to the event, he said his goal was to cobble together a modest two-fight win streak. After this, his UFC run may be in jeopardy.

Barry is now 8-7 overall.

The victory was the 10th straight for Palelei, an Australian-based fighter who moved to 20-3.

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