UFC middleweight Elias Theodorou just smashed the glass ceiling for all men dreaming of a day when they too can take a skimpy jaunt around the cage like ring girls have for decades. On Saturday night the Canadian fighter made his debut as an InvictaFC 28 ‘ring boy’ and proudly worked alongside the more traditonal ring girls all evening to thunderous applause.
Overwhelmingly enthusiastic crowd response here in Salt Lake City for the #RingBoy debut of @EliasTheodorou at #InvictaFC28! #UFCFIGHTPASS #TheManeEvent— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 25, 2018
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Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp shared with MMA Junkie how she had her doubts about the whole ringboy concept until Elias arrived with his contagious enthusiasm and positive outlook on how he could knock down some antiquated perceptions about gender.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t ever think I would have a (ring) boy because I didn’t want it to be a joke or anything like that,” Knapp said. “But he’s taken it very serious. He’s very excited about it, and he wants to be with the company longterm, not just for this event. It’ll be interesting to see how the fans react to it.”
This wasn’t Theodorou’s first foray into ringboy territory. He started his blossoming career at a Montreal Fight League event before being called up to the major league. UFC Fight pass dedicated a three part series to Theodorou’s Invicta debut and how the ring girls got him ready to take his first walk around their cage.
The @InvictaFights #PhoenixGirls @natashawicks & @JessMaoberts help @EliasTheodorou master his new craft in Part 2 of Road to the #RingBoy ahead of his big debut tonight at #InvictaFC28 on #UFCFIGHTPASS! pic.twitter.com/2y3MmJuc9s— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 24, 2018
The 3rd and final part of Road to the Ring Boy feat. @EliasTheodorou follows the @UFC middleweight on fight day before his #RingBoy debut at #InvictaFC28 on #UFCFIGHTPASS TONIGHT! pic.twitter.com/1JtZNvMvp9— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 24, 2018
For all the non-ringboy related results from Saturday’s InvictaFC event, click here.