LIVERPOOL, England – Count on Elias Theodorou to positively influence negative situations.
For example: He was wearing a freshly stitched forehead along with his sleek outfit when he spoke to reporters after his UFC Fight Night 130 fight with reporters Sunday.
"Chicks dig scars," Theodorou said backstage at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. "And luckily my girlfriend, too, I think I'll have about 100 stitches on my face."
Anyhow, 10 small stupid stitches when Theodorou celebrates victory of his mostly victorious professional MMA just three days before his 30th birthday -Career?
It was also a particularly interesting one. While Theodorou (1
Theodorou is back in a winning streak after Brad Tavares spoiled a duel win over Sam Alvey and Cezar Ferreira. And just like the stitches, the fact that it happened to be in the opening game of the card was not a problem.
"When you come to a large crowd, you get excited," Theodorou said. "Obviously I can call my nickname as a first fight, obviously I'm" The Spartan ", but I'm also" The Mane Event "- brand included – so it does not matter if I top on the map or at the bottom of the map. "
In any case, you can see why Theodorou would not be inclined to complain. His immediate plans include a trip through Europe with his girlfriend to celebrate another octagon victory. And his vacation plans do not look too bad.
If all goes well, he expects to make a film in mid-September, October. Theodorou is said to play a fighter who becomes a player for injury – "Völkerball meets gaming," he says. In addition, Theodorou makes his appearance as a Ring Boy for Invicta FC – and would like to inspire some of his colleagues to join him in a "Ring Boys of MMA" calendar.
"Who would not like to see the Derrick Lewis of July?" Theodorou said with a smile. "MMA is great in MMA."
Theodorou also has plans for the cage. While we would not go so far as to file it under callout, Theodorou extended a previously made invitation to former 205-pound champion and two-time middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida.
"I said it before: I like the poor man's machida, and I would like to take the real one," Theodorou said.
Targeting Machida, who is also in a dueling winning streak and in 13th place in the USA TODAY Sport / MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, makes sense for someone looking up in the UFC middleweight division.
But if that's not enough reason, Theodorou does not mind.
"It's the case of, in essence, you train hard enough, you compete long enough, and your idols eventually become your competition," Theodorou said. "He fought someone who was not in second place before two fights (Eryk Anders), and it makes sense to fight someone who has at least one rank, he calls (Michael) Bisping, who may be retired or not Bisping is a buddy of mine, and he called him, and I just want to have a beer with Bisping, so I'm happy to get his place. "
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