UFC fighter Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei banned from visiting sick children at Perth hospital

UFC fighter Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei banned from visiting sick children at Perth hospital -
25th September 2015

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A UFC fighter and children’s charity ambassador has been banned from visiting sick kids at a Perth hospital because cage fighting is outlawed in Western Australia.

Make-a-Wish ambassador Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei had organized a photo opportunity at Princess Margaret Hospital to promote a Telethon fundraiser, which involved him spending 24 hours on an ergo grinder.

38-year-old Palelei’s son suffers from absence epilepsy.




Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei has been banned from a children's hospital in Perth.

He told Radio 6PR on Friday that he was ‘dumbfounded’ by the decision.

The photo also involved rugby league champion Matt Fuller. Fuller’s wife called Palelei to tell him he wasn’t allowed to attend.

"I was like 'really'? I was dumbfounded in a way,” he said.

"You want me to do a 24-hour grind, put my body on the line for you, raise money for you guys, but you won't let me see the kids?”

Mixed Martials Arts isn’t banned in the state however it remains the only place in Australia that outlaws the UFC’s fighting enclosure known as the Octagon.

Palelei felt the hospital should’ve done some research on him to see all the charity work he had done in the past.

Famous pro wrestler-now-Hollywood actor is also an ambassador for Make-A-Wish.

"I was quite surprised but it is what it is... I don't see why my sport is different to say if Danny Green went in,” he said.

A PMH spokeswoman told local media they decided to ban "The Hulk" from the hospital because of his association with UFC.