Roan Carneiro earns WKN title in Auckland

Roan Carneiro submits Kelvin Joseph in Round 1

Roan Carneiro and Kelvin Joseph squared off in the headliner of NZ World Cup held last night (Nov. 30) at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. The pair battled it out for WKN middleweight MMA title. The event aired on Sky Sport.


The scheduled for five rounds championship bout didn’t go the distance. “Jucao” Carneiro, a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, submitted “Crazy Horse” Kelvin at 4 minutes and 50 seconds in the opening round with rear naked choke.

In addition to the strap, Carneiro updated his record to 22-13. Joseph suffered the first defeat in his professional MMA career and dropped to 15-1.

When asked what’s next in his career Carneiro said “honestly, I really don’t know”.

“I am probably going to retire after this one. I want more time to enjoy my kids, and I really care about my team.”

“This year was fantastic for all of us. Dhiego Lima had great performance against tough opponents in the UFC, Anthony Martin earned a great win at UFC Moscow and Douglas Lima won the Bellator welterweight World Grand Prix and regained Bellator welterweight title.”

“I couldn’t ask for better results,” he concluded.

NZ World Cup marked the first time in the country’s history when kickboxing and MMA titles were contested at the same event with dozens of countries participating. In addition to the bouts, NZ hip-hop artists SAVAGE and 4Sayken performed their hits. The event was presented by Team Player Events, Sky Sport television and Mai FM radio.

In 2000’s the World Kickboxing Network went in history as a pioneer-organization to present MMA bouts in Europe, in collaboration with International Vale Tudo Championship (IVC). In 2016 the WKN launched its MMA affiliate awarding world and subordinate championships internationally.

Roan Carneiro def. Kelvin Joseph via submission (rear naked choke, R1 at 4:50).


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