King in the Ring I Carlos Ulberg
- Published on: 3/27/2019
- Carlos Ulberg trains in preparation for King In The Ring 92kg cruiserweight tournament at Barfoot & Thompson Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ulberg won the 100kg King In The Ring King tournament - an eight-man eliminator series with the winner having to defeat three opponents in one night - in 2017 and his ultimate goal is to fight in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) mecca of the UFC.
UFC standout Israel Adesanya is the only person has won both the 100kg and 92kg tournament.
The former Counties-Manukau rugby league representative hopes to have three more fights before the end of 2019 but because of the difficulty finding MMA opponents in Australasia, he is planning more kickboxing bouts.
Even with his winning experience, Ulberg knows there is no blueprint for the challenging King In The Ring format.
The brainchild of six-time world kickboxing champion Jason Suttie, the tournament - which has been running since 2011 - has grown into New Zealand's premier kickboxing tournament.