Roan Carneiro vs Kelvin Joseph tops WKN World Cup in Auckland
Roan Carneiro and Kelvin Joseph at press conference ahead of their WKN Middleweight MMA title bout in Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Kelvin Joseph and Brazilian Roan Carneiro battle it out for WKN Middleweight MMA title this Saturday (Nov. 30) at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. The contest tops a historic NZ World Cup, featuring kickboxing and mixed martial arts bouts contested at the same event. The press conference, hosted by Daniel Hennessey, was held today at King’s Academy.

Carneiro spoke the opportunity to fight for the belt, his undefeated opponent, and the excitement it brings along the way.

“At this time of my career I look for excitements,” Carneiro said. “I’ve had a true amazing run in UFC, I fought in so many places around the world, [but] never in New Zealand. So, I say why not? This particular fight is making me very excited and I trained my ass off for that.”

Joseph said that “everything he [Carneiro] is saying is true. That’s why I came out of my retirement. Because he is a legend and I wanted the opportunity to fight one of those [legendary] guys. It’s a big one for me.”

Three-time Bellator MMA welterweight champion Douglas Lima and UFC welterweight Dhiego Lima are helping and cornering Roan Carneiro. UFC lightweight Dan Hooker, who has been announced today to headline UFC Auckland Fight Night in February, is cornering and helping Kelvin Joseph.

Kelvin “Crazy Horse” Joseph (15-0) is unbeaten in 15 outings. In his previous bout he defeated Bob Armstrong by submission in the first round and successfully defended his NZ middleweight title.

Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (21-13) has previously competed in UFC, winning two out of four bouts. His resume includes the victories against Kenny Robertson, Mark Munoz, among others.

The World Kickboxing Network (WKN) launched its MMA affiliate in 2016. In 2000’s, in collaboration with International Vale Tudo Championship (IVC), the organization went in history as a pioneer-promoter of MMA bouts in Europe.

In addition to the bouts, NZ hip-hop legend SAVAGE and 4Sayken are scheduled to perform their hits at the event.