Who is UFC light heavyweight debutant Carlos Ulberg?
Dana White’s Contender Series alum Carlos Ulberg is set to make his Octagon debut this weekend at UFC 259, a fight that sees him as the third-biggest betting favorite (-250) just behind lightweight Islam Makhachev (-360) and double champ Amanda Nunes (-1000).
Ulberg (5-0) is coming off a successful outing on Dana White’s Contender Series back in November where he took out Bruno Oliveira via KO just over two minutes into the first round. Ulberg competed in his first professional mixed martial arts bout all the way back in 2011, and after shifting his focus to rugby and modeling for a period of time, Ulberg is now all in on MMA. Ulberg even twice turned down an opportunity to appear on the New Zealand edition of The Bachelor. At 6’4″ and 205 lb, if Ulberg is able to pick up steam in the UFC and rack up a few wins in a row, surely the UFC will get their marketing team behind him.
Ulberg trains out of City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand, under the tutelage of head coach Eugene Bareman. Ulberg trains alongside world-class fighters like UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and many others. While not the most experienced fighter on the roster, the 30-year-old had a very solid kickboxing career, one in which he’d won the King in the Ring one-night tournament twice.
Who will Carlos Ulberg take on at UFC 259?
When he finally gets to walk onto that official UFC canvas, Ulberg will be standing across from fellow light heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu. Nzechukwu (7-1) was signed to the UFC in 2018 following his second win on Dana White’s Contender Series. He holds a 1-1 record in the promotion, losing his debut via third-round submission to Paul Craig, followed by his first official UFC victory, a decision over Darko Stosic. The “African Savage” will be returning to the cage after a 18-month layoff following an ACL injury. The matchmakers certainly got this matchup right as both fighters have minimal experience as professional mixed martial artists, and a win here for either athlete raises their stock heading into the second half of 2021. Ulberg will need to watch out for the power of Nzechukwu as he has amassed four wins by KO/TKO. Catch Ulberg vs. Nzechukwu on the preliminary card of UFC 259 this Saturday on ESPN.