Elias Theodorou and Sam Alvey are rising stars of the UFC middleweight division, so a match between the two would seem like a natural idea.
But the idea took a turn for the bizarre when Alvey, fresh off an impressive win over Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt earlier this month, called out Theodorou for a “hair vs. hair” match.
For those who don’t know, that “hair vs. hair” challenge refers to tradition from pro wrestling, where the loser of said bout is forced to shave his head.
Theodorou, noted for his long, curly locks, talked about the challenge with Submission Radio this week, and if anything, it only got weirder.
“He’s looking for my hair but I’m coming for his teeth,” Theodorou said. “I’m going for what I want. Teeth.”
Alvey is currently enjoying a three fight winning streak, including his signature win: an upset of The Ultimate Fighter:Brazil Season One champion Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira.
Ontario native Theodorou was champion of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, and he finds this significant.
“It makes sense,” Theodorou said. “He’s calling me out and it’s a planned idea. He has that chip on his shoulder that he didn’t pan out in TUF and he wants to take out all the TUF winners – or TUF participants in general. It’s smart. Going into just the idea of the fight itself, I’m always willing to fight anyone, but let’s not forget, he’s only getting airplay because of me.”
Theodorou, who is still undefeated in his MMA career, laughed at the idea of a hair vs. hair match.
“No not at all,” he said. “First of all, I would not lose because I don’t lose. Secondly, his hair is nothing compared to mine. If anything, he’s looking for my hair but I’m coming for his teeth. So that’s all I’m saying.”