TUF 25 Finale Results: Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
A middleweight scrap between Brad Tavares and Elias Theodorou took place during tonight’s TUF 25 Finale main card in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Round one begins and Theodorou rushes in with a low kick. He follows that up with a high kick. Elias is utilizing a lot of movement here. Brad is able to catch him with a left hand however. The Hawaiian ducks under a punch and shoots in for a takedown. He gets it. He immediately looks to transition to the back of Elias. He does but Theodorou is able to stand up and escape. Elias with a head kick that is partially blocked. Brad presses forward and grabs a hold of Elias. He presses him against the cage. Theodorou lands a knee and is able to break free from the position. Elias with a low kick. Tavares responds with a left hook. Another low kick from the Canadian. He attempts a karate chop that just falls short of Brad’s chin. Elias engages Tavares in the clinch. Brad lands a hard knee. They break and Elias goes high with a kick. Tavares responds with a right hand and then a hard kick. Elias is bouncing around but Tavares tags him with a low kick. Theodorou misses with a front kick. Brad lands a right hand and the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Tavares lands a hard low kick early. He attempts a body kick but misses and Elias grabs his back. Theodorou goes for a slam but Tavares is able to stay on his feet. Elias presses him against the cage but Brad is able to reverse the position. Good work in the clinch from both fighters now. Both men trading heavy punches from the position. They briefly break from the clinch but the reengage. Tavares with a right hand as they break. Brad lands a hard low kick but Elias shoots in and scores with a takedown. Brad gets back to his feet but Elias has his neck. Good knees from Theodorou here. They break and Elias lands a hard body kick. Brad presses him back against the fence. That doesn’t last long as Theodorou circles out. Tavares misses with a head kick. Elias scores with an inside leg kick. He shoots in for a takedown but it is not there. Theodorou circles out but Brad catches him with a low kick. Elias replies with a kick to the body. Tavares goes high with a kick that partially lands. Both men land left hands as the horn sounds to end round two.
Round three begins and Theodorou immediately shoots in for a takedown. He doesn’t get it at first but stays on Tavares and is able to secure the takedown on attempt number two. Brad quickly scoots to the fence and begins to wall walk. He is almost back up but Elias is doing his best to keep him down. Brad scores with a switch and gets back up. Elias still has him pressed against the cage. Theodorou drops down for a takedown and gets it. Brad immediately pops back up to his feet. Elias with a couple of knees. He continues to work for a takedown. Brad switches the position and looks to take his back. Elias is doing a good job of preventing Brad from doing that. The Hawaiian is relentless however and now he has his back. Tavares is working for a rear-naked choke. He almost got it but Elias escapes. Tavares looks to transition for an armbar. He cannot secure it. They are back up. Tavares with a head kick. Elias lands a kick to the body. The horn sounds to end round three. Great fight!
Brad Tavares def Elias Theodorou (29-28 x3)