A battle of the heavyweights is coming to New Zealand, as Soa Palelei takes on Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Te Huna.
Officials added the contest to the June 28 card from Auckland, New Zealand recently. The event features a headline fight between Nate Marquardt and James Te Huna.
Palelei (21-3) is a native of nearby Australia and has gone a perfect 3-0 since his return to the UFC last year. “The Hulk” is coming off a first round knockout of Ruan Potts at UFC Fight Night 40 earlier this month.
Overall, Palelei has won 11 straight fights, a stretch dating back to 2011. In that time, he has finished all 11 of his opponents via some form of knockout.
Rosholt (10-1) is a former standout wrestler at Oklahoma State University. He is 2-0 in his UFC career, scoring decisions over Daniel Omielanczuk and Walt Harris.
In high school, Rosholt went 150-5 before going on to become an NCAA runner-up, four-time Div. I qualifier and leaving OSU as the all-time wins leader for heavyweights.
Since a knockout loss to Derrick Lewis in Legacy FC, Rosholt has won six straight, including two knockout wins. He owns three knockout and three submission victories, while his other four wins have come via decision.
“Here we go again,” Rosholt posted on Twitter. “My biggest/toughest one yet and in his home country. Beyond excited.”
Officials also announced a change to the card, as Anthony Perosh has been forced out of a planned light heavyweight bout with Gian Villante due to injury. In Perosh’s place will be Sean O’Connell.
O’Connell (15-5) lost his Octagon debut to Ryan Jimmo last month via knockout. Villante (11-5) is 1-2 in three UFC appearances.
Below is the current list of fights announced:
Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna
Featherweight: Hatsu Hioki vs. Charles Oliveira
Heavyweight: Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt
Light Heavyweight: Sean O’Connell vs. Gian Villante
Welterweight: Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes
Flyweight: Jon Delos Reyes vs. Richie Vaculik
Welterweight: Vik Grujic vs. Chris Indich