Elias Theodorou impressed in his Invicta FC debut

Elias Theodorou impressed in his Invicta FC debut

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On March 23 at the Invicta FC 28 weigh-ins in Salt Lake City, UFC star Elias Theodorou made his hotly-anticipated debut as the promotion's inaugural ring card gentleman. And in an exclusive interview with AXS, he revealed that the new gig won't just be a one-off.

"I'm really excited, already met everyone from the Invicta team. I couldn't be happier to be part of it. Obviously making history like you mentioned, being the first male Phoenix cardholder," Theodorou said. "It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm just looking to add, not distract or subtract. It's going to be a good time.

"I'm looking to make this a permanent fixture. There's a huge opportunity to add to the whole Invicta experience. I'm looking to do so in a professional and fun way. I'm excited, and a huge mixed martial arts fan. Excited to see all these powerful women competing."

The Invicta FC 28 weigh-in didn't feature much drama or controversy, besides DeAnna Bennett coming in heavy for her flyweight tilt against Karina Rodriguez. Bennett tipped the scales at 127.9 pounds, 1.9 pounds over the flyweight non-title max. She was fined 25 percent of her purse for missing weight.

All other fighters on the card made weight, including all four competitors fighting in main and co-main action. In the headliner, Mizuki weighed in at 113.9, while Virna Jandiroba was on the mark at 115 pounds on the nose. Combat Press posted a list of the full weigh-in results for the event. Invicta FC 28 is set to go down on March 24 at Salt Lake City's historic Union Events Center.