UFC Middleweight “The Spartan” Elias Theodorou — famous for being the first MMA fighter to be sponsored by Pert Plus — made history again last night as Invicta’s first ring boy.
Theodorou announced the news on March 19:
This Saturday (Mar 24th), I'll be making my Invicta Fighting Championships #RingBoy™ debut at #Invicta28, in addition to…
The Spartan said he was doing it for the sake of gender equality. In an interview with the MMA Hour, Elias said:
I’m excited to announce that I will be joining as the first-ever ring boy for Invicta 28, March 28 in Salt Lake City. Mixed martial arts has been in the forefront of equality in many different ways, as you can see women being on top of many pay-per-views, selling millions. And also now, myself included, as the first ring boy.
It wasn’t a complete flip in the gender script, though, as Theodorou was also joined by two ring girls:
— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) March 24, 2018
Of course, that’s exactly what Theodorou wanted: men and women, rather than only women, serving ring card duties. To those people who think holding ring cards is an offensive or “objectifying” job, Elias told MMA Weekly:
One of the arguments that I put out there is you can’t be more offended than the person we’re talking about. I think we can’t be more offended than the people who have signed up to do this and that would be the ring girls. It’s a profession, they’re professional at it and they need to make a living, too. It always comes back to the answer is more not less.
You can check out Elias Theodorou’s ring card skills at Invicta here:
The incomparable Elias Theodorou just made the FIRST EVER #RingBoy walk at #InvictaFC28 LIVE on #UFCFIGHTPASS! 👊
Posted by UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 24, 2018