Soa Palelei Discusses His UFC 164 Fight and Rib Injury
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.04.2013
See what he has to say…
- Soa Palelei recently spoke about the rib injury he suffered at UFC 164. Here are the highlights…
On Working to Get to the UFC: "I worked so hard for the last three years to get to my position now. We had got all the fans, and we'd made all our trips with the cornermen, and paid for their fights. It was one of those fights where I'll get in there and try to get it done as quick as I can."
On a Rib Injury Hurting His Performance: "There was pain every time I set up a position on the ground," Palelei said. "Usually if I'm on top, I can finish it from there, but I had no power on my punches. It was just one of those fights that you think, 'God,' and just push through it. It was hard to throw a left hook, and my left hook is my best power punch," he said. "Every time I threw a punch, it felt like my rib was digging through my heart. It was so painful. When he was throwing punches, it's not that I [didn't want] to punch back. It was just the pain."
On His Goals: "I just want to keep fighting and improving," Palelei said. "I want to apologize to all the fans out there. It's a thing that you can't control. It looked sloppy, but no excuses. Next time, I'll come in better and stronger."