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‘Shoe Face’ Draws Theodorou At UFC Fight Night 137

Streaking middleweight contender Antonio Carlos Junior will look to win his sixth straight when he takes on Canadian grinder Elias Theodorou at UFC Fight Night 137 on Sept. 22 from inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, according to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz who confirmed an initial report by Combate.

Remember, Carlos Junior was expected to fight middleweight knockout artist Derek Brunson at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 from Los Angeles before an eye injury knocked Brunson out of competition.

Carlos Junior, 28, has quickly turned into one of the most dangerous submission specialists in UFC today. During his current five-fight win streak, which includes a recent victory over veteran Tim Boetsch back in April, “Shoe Face” has recorded four submissions. His hands have developed nicely behind some natural punching power, but Carlos Junior will be out to prove yet again at UFC Sao Paulo that he’s the best grappler at 185 pounds.

Theodorou, 30, is coming off back-to-back wins over Trevor Smith and Dan Kelly, who is the last fighter to defeat Carlos Junior inside of the Octagon. While “Spartan” hasn’t finished many of his UFC wins he remains a dangerous out for anyone in the middleweight division. Throughout nine UFC appearances, Theodorou has utilized a strong wrestling game and trusted motor to walk away with seven wins.

UFC Fight Night 137 currently has no main event in place, but will feature a welterweight clash between Neil Magny and Brazilian finisher Alex Oliveira, as well as the anticipated return of light heavyweight veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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TUF 25 Finale fight card: Brad Tavares vs Elias Theodorou preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight grinders Brad Tavares and Elias Theodorou will throw down this Friday (July 7, 2017) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tavares won seven of his first eight UFC fights, breaking into the rankings and positioning himself as a contender. Believe it or not, he was actually the betting favorite ahead of his bout with Yoel Romero! He ran into a rough patch beginning with that fight, but the Hawaiian has since bounced back to some degree. Meanwhile, Theodorou hasn’t necessarily been impressing, but he’s been winning! The Canadian TUF champion has only come up short once in six appearances, and he recently earned his spot at No. 15 in the division.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for each man:

Brad Tavares
Record: 14-4
Key Wins: Lorenz Larkin (UFC Fight Night 35), Nate Marquardt (UFC 182), Caio Magalhaes (UFC 203)
Key Losses: Yoel Romero (UFC on FOX 11), Robert Whittaker (UFC Fight Night 65), Tim Boestch (UFC Fight Night 47)
Keys to Victory: Looking at Tavares’ recent record, it’s clear that his biggest issue has been level of competition. Two of the men who stopped him are fighting for a world title, whereas he was picking apart Tim Boetsch prior to one of “The Barbarian’s” signature come-from-behind victories.

Outside of those fights, Tavares’ volume kickboxing, punctuated by nasty low kicks, and sturdy takedown defense has been damn successful.

This is an interesting contest between a pair of fighters who consistently win via points. Tavares actually puts some heat on his opponent but isn’t blessed with much knockout power, whereas Theodorou is one of the best at appearing busy with nonsense kicks and iffy takedown attempts.

Tavares should be able to out-work Theodorou consistently at range, he just needs to be aware of the scorecards. If he takes time off to rest, Theodorou will be scoring points that don’t actually do anything. Tavares cannot let that happen, and he should punt the Canadian’s leg each time he tries some flashy kick from 10 yards away.

VS.

Elias Theodorou
Record: 13-1
Key Wins: Sam Alvey (UFC Fight Night 89), Cezar Ferreira (UFC Fight Night 105), Bruno Santos (UFC Fight Night 54)
Key Losses: Thiago Santos (UFC Fight Night 80)
Keys to Victory: Theodorou is one of the division’s better physical prospects, a quality athlete with a reasonably well-rounded game. He pushes a hard pace, generally getting better as the fight wears on and his opponent slows down.

Realistically, Theodorou has two modes as a fighter. He’s at his most effective when he can grind takedowns along the fence, landing hard ground strikes and some pretty solid clinch blows as well. When he cannot contain his foe, Theodorou relies more on an outside kicking game, which can sometimes be more style than substance.

Still, points are points.

In this bout, a mix of both strategies will be necessary. If Theodorou can keep it relatively even on the feet — something his odd style often achieves — then any grappling success could be the deciding factor.

A clean takedown is probably unlikely, as Tavares is really tough to drag down. That said, even control in the clinch could be big, as the chances of this be a close, low scoring fight are quite high.

Bottom Line: It’s a match up of fringe contenders.

For Tavares, it’s his chance to fully rebound and return to the rankings. Defeating Theodorou has proven to be a difficult task, one that will test his ability to score points in a kickboxing match. That’s his bread-and-butter, so he better be able to make it work in this match up.

Otherwise, that rebound just ain’t gonna happen.

As for Theodorou, this is his chance to further prove himself as a top Middleweight. Tavares isn’t a world-beater, but he’s never lost to any scrubs either. It’s a very solid win for Theodorou’s resume, and it’s also a great opponent for him to show improvement opposite, as Tavares isn’t likely to suddenly crack him with a knockout blow. It’s a pretty safe bet this one will go to a decision, meaning Theodorou should take some chances.

If Theodorou comes up short here, it’s a major setback. He’s just now dipping his feet into the rankings after a tough string of fights, and losing that position so quickly will hurt. His style isn’t always the most exciting, meaning it will also be a slow climb back up the ladder.

At TUF 25 Finale, Brad Tavares and Elias Theodorou will face off. Which man will have his hand raised?

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Elias Theodorou vs. Brad Tavares Official for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale’

Elias Theodorou will lock horns with Brad Tavares in a middleweight clash at “The Ultimate Fighter 25″ finale, promotion officials confirmed on Wednesday.
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UFC Fight Night 105 results from last night: Elias Theodorou vs Cezar Ferreira fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight bruisers Elias Theodorou and Cezar Ferreira threw down last night (Feb. 19, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 105 inside Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Despite seeing his fair share of setbacks, Ferreira persevered and entered this bout having won his last three bouts. The Brazilian was looking more reliable than ever, and a win over a rising prospect like Theodorou could really help elevate his position. There was a fair amount of pressure on “Spartan” as well. He impressed quite a bit in his early UFC fights, but Theodorou has lost some momentum since, losing for the first time in the Octagon and then winning a truly ugly bout opposite Sam Alvey. Nevertheless, this was a big opportunity for Theodorou to return to form.

Meh.

Theodorou attempted to rush his way into a clinch war or brawl, but Ferreira circled well and went to work with his counter striking game. As his opponent ran in, Ferreira scored with left hands and counter kicks, making his opponent miss often. After three minutes without much success on the feet, Theodorou managed to secure the clinch and push his foe into the fence. Even then, Ferreira was able to prevent his opponent from doing any damage before breaking away quickly.

In short, neither man landed all that much in the opening round, but Ferreira landed the cleaner blows.

Ferreira scored an early takedown and threatened to take the back, but Theodorou scrambled well to get to his feet. Ferreira landed several more takedowns in the ensuing scrambles, but ultimately it was Theodorou who landed in top position at the end of all the madness.

The Brazilian managed to scramble back to his feet with about 90 seconds remaining. The round was clearly still up for grabs — neither man really took a dominant position or did big damage throughout the wrestling — but both fighters were pretty content to wait for the end of the round.

It was a very tight round, but Theodorou did have the most top control time.

In the first half of the final round, not a single eventful thing happened. Theodorou threw a ton of meaningless shots that largely missed, while Ferreira waited for the perfect counter punch that never really materialized. Plus, neither man was able to get deep on their respective takedown attempts.

Finally, Ferreira managed to catch a kick and land a takedown. Theodorou again gave up his back in pursuit of the takedown, but this time his opponent was able to take the back and threaten with the choke. Theodorou managed to escape in the final 30 seconds, but neither man had a particularly strong claim while awaiting the judges’ decision.

Ultimately, all three judges awarded Theodorou the victory.

Like it or not — and sometimes, it’s hard not to hate it — the judges love activity. On his feet, Theodorou landed just a few punches that were actually meaningful. However, he constantly moved around, threw tons of kicks and combinations, and generally just appeared active in long moments where little was happening.

In a close decision, that’s often enough to earn the win.

To his credit, Theodorou’s grappling defense did hold up very well. He was able reverse position from the back mount a few times, which eventually allowed him to get on top and wear his opponent down a bit. Plus, he avoided a couple guillotine attempts, again helping him maintain top position and score points.

It was pretty damn ugly, but a win’s a win.

As for Ferreira, he was the more efficient fighter, but he did not throw nearly enough. Being a more patient counter puncher is a smart approach — his old style got him knocked out fairly often — but he needs to throw more punches and kicks while looking for big shots. Similarly, Ferreira’s top game failed him. He was able to score a few takedowns, but Ferreira was never able to truly control his opponent. Theodorou hit the same escapes from back mount repeatedly, which just shouldn’t happen to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

Back to the drawing board for “Mutante.”

Last night at UFC Fight Night 105, Elias Theodorou sort of beat Cezar Ferreira. What is next for the Canadian?

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UFC Fight Night 80 results: Thiago Santos turns it up against Elias Theodorou

Elias Theodorou came out with a solid approach in his UFC Fight Night 80 middleweight bout against Thiago Santos on Thursday.

Theodorou (12-1) peppered Santos early and often in the first round at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, establishing control.

But then Santos shifted things into another gear and “The Spartan” didn’t have an answer. Santos tired Theodorou out and turned up the heat in the final round to earn a unanimous decision. Santos won a unanimous decision on scores of 29-28 and a pair of 29-27s as the Rio de Janeiro native one his third straight fight.

“I knew Elias was a very tough important, he won TUF, he was undefeated,” said Santos (12-3). “But I wore him down and I hope the crowd enjoyed it.”

After conceding the first round, Santos turned the fight in the clinch in the second. Theodoreau, the former TUF: Nations winner, kept working for takedowns, but Santos belted him with knees and elbows to the head and body.

In the third, Santos simply brutalized his tiring opponent, opening a huge cut on Theordorou’s forehead. Twice the round was halted to check the cut, but Theodorou gamely held on until the final horn as he suffered his first career loss.

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Thiago Santos: Elias Theodorou won’t ‘handle the pain’

Thiago Santos expects Elias Theodorou to crumble at UFC Fight Night 80.

Coming off a stunning 29-second knockout over middleweight prospect Steve Bosse at UFC Fight Night 70 in June, “Marreta” faces another rising Canadian on Thursday night in Las Vegas, and sees him as just another opponent on his way en route to the top.

“You get more motivated when you’re coming off wins, but I have a goal,” Santos told MMAFighting.com. “I didn’t enter the UFC to be just another one. I have a goal in my life. I’m motivated to get past every obstacle they put in front of me, and Elias Theodorou is another obstacle I have to walk over. I’m ready, and I will get past Elias.”

Theodorou scored two of his three UFC wins by way of knockout, stopping Sheldon Westcott and Roger Narvaez with strikes. Santos, 3-2 in the UFC with three quick first-round knockouts, isn’t impressed by “The Spartan’s” striking.

“I don’t know if he’s tougher than my previous opponents, but he’s different,” Santos said. “His style is more focused on holding the opponent and using his wrestling, to dominate and not let his opponent fight. He’s the first real wrestler I’m facing. Elias has some striking, I believe he went to Thailand in the past, but his strongest weapon is wrestling. It’s going to be a test for me, and it’s a good opportunity for me to show my wrestling if I need to.

“He’s similar to Ronny Markes, Ronny tends to use more of his jiu-jitsu instead of pure wrestling. Elias has better takedowns and control of the fight.”

Gunning for another “performance of the night” bonus, “Marreta” vows to put a blemish on Theodorou’s record in Las Vegas.

“It’s hard to say how the fight will go, but I will try to finish the fight like I always do,” he said. “I’m a striker and that’s what I like to do. I like to brawl, so we’ll see who will be able to impose his game. I will always try to finish the fight, and it won’t be different this time. I want to stop him in the first round, but I’m ready for three.

“I see myself knocking Elias Theodorou out. No other way,” he continued. “He won’t handle the pain. I will beat him up bad, I will stop him.”

“Marreta” wants to close 2015 with a perfect 3-0 run, and with that change the future of his family. Originally from Tata Fight Team in Rio de Janeiro, the middleweight added American Top Team to his training routine recently, and plans to take his family with him to the United States.

“We’re working on that. It’s not that simple, but I want to bring them here,” he said. “Living here is good for me, life would be better for me and my family. My son is 11, and being able to study here and learn a new language is great for him to have a better future. I have this idea, but we’ll get there slowly. Who knows, maybe in one or two years we’ll move.”

While they don’t make the permanent change, Santos will fly them from Rio de Janeiro to spend some time with him after UFC Fight Night 80.

“I miss being close to my family and friends when I’m here in the United States,” “Marreta” said. “We make new friends here, of course, but I miss them. After this win, I will bring my wife and son here to have some fun, and then return to Brazil.”

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UFC fight roundup: Theodorou vs. Santos, two more fights added for December cards

Three fights were added to a pair of UFC events in December.

Scheduled for Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, UFC Fight Night 80 will feature Elias Theodorou vs. Thiago Santos and Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey, both in the middleweight division.

“Cara de Sapato” announced his fight on Instagram, and MMAFighting.com confirmed Theodorou-Santos following a report from Combate.

Theodorou (11-0) enters the bout coming off three straight wins in the Octagon, while Santos (11-3) won his last two via first-round knockout.

Junior (5-1), winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 as a heavyweight, chocked out Eddie Gordon in his 185-pound debut. Casey (9-3, 1 no-contest) recently defeated Ildemar Alcantara via decision.

The UFC has yet to announce the main event for UFC Fight Night 80, which takes place at Las Vegas’ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan and airs live on Fight Pass.

A day later, at TUF 22 Finale, Brazilian veteran Gabriel Gonzaga takes on Russian heavyweight Konstantin Erokhin, the promotion announced.

Gonzaga (16-10), a former heavyweight title contender, looks for his first win after straight losses to Stipe Miocic, Matt Mitrione and Mirko Cro Cop. Erokhin (9-2) made his Octagon debut in January, losing to Viktor Pesta via decision.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, which also takes place at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, features Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes in the main event.

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Weirdest Trash Talk in MMA History? Elias Theodorou vs Sam Alvey

Elias Theodorou and Sam Alvey are rising stars of the UFC middleweight division, so a match between the two would seem like a natural idea. But the idea took a turn for the bizarre when Alvey, fresh off an impressive win over Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt earlier this month, called […]

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