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UFC FN 54: Elias Theodorou Planning to be the “Matador” Versus Bruno Santos

Kelsey Mowatt

Elias Theodorou

UFC Fight Night 54 will go down in Halifax, Nova Scotia this Saturday, and not surprisingly, the card will feature several Canadian fighters. One of them will be middleweight and recent TUF Nations winner Elias Theodorou, who will throw down with Bruno Santos.

Now if you didn’t catch the TUF Nations Season featuring teams from Canada and Australia, then chances are you’re unaware that Theodorou is one of the northern nation’s top prospects. Since turning pro in 2011, the rugged fighter has won nine straight, which includes stopping Sheldon Westcott in April to win the aforementioned competition.

Santos (14-1), on the other hand, has fought twice in the UFC to date. Last December, he dropped a decision to Krzysztof Jotko, but in July he rebounded by handing Chris Camozzi a split decision loss.

Theodorou recently spoke with UFC.com about the upcoming fight, and here is some of what “The Spartan” had to say about his next opponent.

“Santos is a tough dude and he’s a grinder,” Theodorou said. “He’s really good at breaking people out of their game plan. He’s been criticized a bit because he hasn’t finished anyone since his first two fights, but he definitely does what he needs to in order to win. I think his last fight against Chris Camozzi is the classic example of one fighter breaking under another’s game plan. Camozzi could have won the fight if he had just fought his fight and not complained about being taken down and the pace the fight was moving at.

“I’m just going to do me. He’s not the greatest wrestler. Santos is very straight forward. He’s a powerhouse and a bull, but I’m going to be a matador. I’m going to use angles and twirl him around. Let’s also not forget that I’m pretty good against the cage as well. The difference is that I’m looking for the kill and I have elbows, knees and eight deadly limbs to go with that. I’m going out there to show everyone what I’m made of and what I love to do on Oct. 4.”

How about that for an image? Santos as the bull and Theodorou as the matador, although, considering the latter’s nickname, perhaps something pulled out of  the film “300” could have worked as well…

It’s an interesting match-up, and it will be interesting to see if Theodorou can score another win and keep his record unblemished. It would certainly be a big addition to his resume if he can.

The middleweight also relayed in the interview that he did “three-a-days” (training sessions) for this camp, so one would think Theodorou will be in fantastic shape.

UFC FN 54 will be hosted by the Halifax Forum, and will feature a welterweight bout between contenders Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine. In addition, it will see Bryan Caraway take on fellow, bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao.

It’s also the same day that UFC FN 53 will go down in Stockholm, Sweden, so Saturday has the potential to be one long, and yet thrilling, fight filled day.

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