Elias Theodorou, a former UFC fighter and winner of The Ultimate Fighter Nations, passed away Sunday at the age of 34. Theodorou was battling stage four liver cancer, although he did not disclose this information publicly. Representative Theodorou confirmed the news TSN.
Theodoru entered the world stage in 2014, defeating Sheldon Westcott by TKO to win his season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Canadian middleweight has gone 8-3 in the octagon, going undefeated in a row and only defeated by longtime rivals Thiago Santos, Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson.
After losing to Brunson in May 2019, Theodora was released from his contract by the UFC. He would fight three more times outside of the promotion, winning all three fights. His last fight took place in December 2021 when he defeated former WEC and Bellator fighter Brian Baker.
Theodorou was also known for several activities outside the cage. He served as the “boy in the ring” for Invicta FC, carrying the “girls in the ring” style cards that have been a martial arts staple for almost six decades.
“Now there is a broader conversation about cardholders, ‘network girls’ in Formula 1 and ‘walker girls’ in darts. Theodore told the BBC about this. before his debut. “Given the broader discussion, I thought it was really appropriate. My goal with this project is to show that I believe the answer to greater equality lies in creating more opportunities, not less.”
Theodorou was also a strong advocate for the medical use of cannabis, especially the use of cannabis for fighters. In 2020, he became the first professional athlete in North America to receive a therapeutic cannabis license.
In 2015, Theodorou was part of the cast of The Amazing Race Canada 3.