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UFC’s Soa Palelei was ‘heartbroken’ when he learned he was banned from children’s hospital

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Soa Palelei has already helped raise more than $60,000 for sick children. This weekend, he’ll attempt to raise up to $200,000 more when he spends 24 hours on an exercise machine as part of a telethon.
Despite those charitable actions and his role as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the UFC heavyweight was told last week that he was banned from visiting Princess Margaret Hospital for Children to see the ill kids. Matt Fuller, a retired Australian rules football player, was given the go-ahead. But the hospital told Palelei he could not come.
Why? Because Palelei is a UFC fighter.
In Western Australia, cage fighting is illegal. MMA and boxing are both allowed, but fighting inside of a cage is strictly prohibited. Palelei was told he could not come see the kids because of his profession.
“It’s so disappointing,” Palelei told MMA Fighting. “I was kind of heartbroken when they told me. I was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’ I’m a big fan of boxing, but you’ve got 12 rounds continuously getting punched in the head. MMA, 80 percent of it is grappling and submissions. It’s just crazy. I guess it’s just narrow-minded people.”
The hospital released a statement to CNN explaining its stance.
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