Carlos Ulberg

Mr. Marvelous

New Zealand

Stopped in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Ulberg lost to Kennedy Nzechukwu via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 2 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was inevitable that one of the two big men would go down giving how reckless both fought on the feet, and it was Ulberg who ultimately cracked first in his UFC debut. It wasn't much of a plan, but at least Ulberg mixed in some leg and body strikes here and there. Of course, it didn't help him in the long run. Ulberg earned this opportunity on the strength of his knockout win over Bruno Oliveira on Dana White's Contender Series this past November. He has an excellent frame for the division and has obviously displayed stopping power in the past, but Ulberg is 30 years of age and has all of four professional fights under his belt. He's countless miles behind where he needs to be experience-wise, and that may very well be too much to overcome over the long term. On the bright side, he'll walk away with $50,000 here after this back-and-forth affair was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Slated to make UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 28, 2021
Ulberg will take on Kennedy Nzechukwu in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Ulberg was one of four fighters who was awarded an official UFC contract in early November when he defeated Bruno Oliveira via KO (punch) at Dana White's Contender Series. The fight was just the second of Ulberg's career, and he'll attempt to build on his momentum during his debut under the UFC banner in early March. He'll face Nzechukwu, who earned his first UFC win in August of 2019 when he defeated Darko Stosic via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 5. Nzechukwu carries advantages in both height and reach.
Shows power, earns contract
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 4, 2020
Ulberg defeated Bruno Oliveira via KO (punch) at 2:02 of Round 1 at Dana White's Contender Series on Wednesday. After the show, he was one of four fighters awarded an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
This was only the second official pro fight for Ulberg, who also has three kickboxing knockouts on his resume. He's getting some of the best coaching in the business at City Kickboxing in New Zealand, which is home to current UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski. Adesanya was in the building to corner him this evening, and prior to the fight, was constantly praising the incredible (and deceptive) power of Ulberg. That was put on full display here, as a left hook that didn't appear to connect perfectly flush still completely floored his opponent. No follow-up shots were necessary. Ulberg undoubtedly has some work to do when it comes to his ground game, but he's absolutely a dangerous and marketable fighter that will soon put the light heavyweight division on notice.