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HE has taken in the sights and sounds of coun­tries the world over, but for Soa Palelei “there’s noth­ing like home”.

The South Lake MMA ath­lete-turned ac­tor, au­thor and pub­lic speaker has ex­panded his out­look af­ter forg­ing a rep­utable ca­reer com­pet­ing as a heavy­weight in the UFC, Pride and Im­pact Fight­ing Cham­pi­onships.

But de­spite tak­ing in the bright lights of the arena, play­ing poker with Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger or shoot­ing new films, Palelei said one of the most iso­lated cities in the world re­mained im­por­tant to him and his fam­ily.

“I’ve trav­elled all around the world train­ing and com­pet­ing and there’s noth­ing like com­ing home,” he said.

“It’s good to travel, to see what other cul­tures and coun­tries have but Perth is a great hub.”

Palelei, or “The Hulk” as he is known within the MMA com­mu­nity, said his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his two chil­dren, loved to visit Perth’s pris­tine beaches, as well as an­other spot pop­u­lar with tourists and lo­cals alike – Kings Park. “Just stand­ing there over­look­ing Perth City, you know how lucky we

are,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d455040

MMA star Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei.

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