Popular heavyweight Pat Barry will take a rare turn as the unwelcome when he visits Brisbane to take on Australian star Soa Palelei in a heavyweight match just added to the UFC Fight Night event on FOX Sports 1 scheduled there on Dec. 7.
The UFC confirmed the bout on Saturday.
Palelei (19-3) campaigned for and received another chance to fight in the UFC after an eight-fight win streak in international competition. He recently made his return at UFC 164, defeating newcomer Nikita Krylov via third-round TKO.
His quick turnaround to a December match comes as a bit of a surprise after citing a fractured rib that slowed his performance. The 36-year-old Palelei fights out of Perth, on the western side of the continent.
Barry (8-6) comes in after alternating wins and losses in his last five bouts. In 11 Octagon tries, he's 5-6, but has only gone to a decision once. In his last bout, which came in June, he was knocked out by Shawn Jordan.
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