FIGHTER Soa Palelei will be doing a book signing outside Rockingham Books at Rockingham Shopping Centre on Thursday, July 14, from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
From a young age, Australian mixed martial arts fighter Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei had to roll with the punches to survive.
Sent to Tonga to become a man, Soa was thrust into poverty as he worked on the family farm alongside his cousins.
Soa’s luck took a turn for the worse when he returned from Tonga and found himself living on the streets.
After reconnecting with his parents, Soa’s life began to turn around. He excelled at sports and soon joined a UK-based professional rugby team.
Although he abandoned his dreams of playing rugby to support his young family, he later rose to the top of his game in MMA. He made his professional debut in 2002, winning his first seven fights. This led to a contract in the internationally revered Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
But with the loss of his first UFC fight, Soa’s world came crashing down. He sank into depression and faced one of his toughest battles yet: overcoming his personal demons to return to form.
Face Your Fears is the heavy-hitting memoir of Soa Palelei on his journey as an elite fighter. Honest and raw, the book reveals a man with a hulk-sized heart and the never-say-die attitude of a true hustler.