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Soa Palelei returns to UFC heavyweight division with new four-fight contract

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Despite coming up short in his first stint under the ZUFFA banner, Soa Palelei will get another crack at mixed martial arts (MMA) infamy when he makes his UFC debut later this year.

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He's back.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is giving heavyweight "Hulk," Soa Palelei, another crack at making it big in the world's preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, recently signing the Australian slugger to a new, four-fight contract.

From his management team:

"I'm thankful to Dana White and Joe Silva for giving me this opportunity to come back to the UFC to showcase my skills. With determination, hard work and a great team, I'm happy to say that today I have signed with the UFC. I look forward to competing in the best organization in the world."

Palelei (18-3) was one and done with ZUFFA after Eddie Sanchez pounded him out at the UFC 79 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in Dec. 2007. Since then, "The Hulk" has gone on a 10-1 tear with his only loss coming against top UFC heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.

At 35 years old, this could be his last shot at the big show. What he does with it, remains to be seen.