Former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou dead at 34;  The MMA community is crying

Former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou dead at 34; The MMA community is crying

Former UFC fighter and ‘TUF Nations’ winner Elias Theodorou has died.

Theodorou died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Sources who knew Theodorou confirmed the news to MMA Junkie after various reports of his death surfaced online. Theodorou had not publicly disclosed his illness before his death. According TSN journalist Aaron Bronsteter, Theodorou was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.

From 2014 to 2019, Ontarian Theodorou competed 11 times in the UFC. His career in the international spotlight kicked off when he won ‘TUF Nations’ with a knockout of Sheldon Westcott. He went on to beat names like Cezar Ferreira, Sam Alvey, Eryk Anders and Trevor Smith. His only three promotional losses have come against perennial contenders Thiago Santos, Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson.

After the loss to Brunson in May 2019, Theodorou was released from the UFC. Despite Theodorou’s lopsided UFC success record (8-3), promotion president Dana White said the decision to part ways was based on the likelihood of Theodorou becoming a top-five fighter.

Theodorou took his release in stride and vowed to reinvent himself to increase his finishing rate. He went 3-0 after leaving, with his last victory in December against Bryan Baker.

In the later years of his career, Theodorou became a strong advocate for the destigmatization and licensing of medical cannabis. In January 2020, he became the first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Theodorou also served as a “ring boy” for Invicta FC and was featured on “The Amazing Race Canada, Season 3” in 2015.

Aaron Bronsteter

Elias Theodorou


Adam Hunter

Battle Network

Dana White

Kelvin’s Gastellum

Javid Basharat

Tanner Boser

Jessica Moran (Theodorou’s representative)

Chris Curtis

Bryan Baker (Theodorou’s last MMA opponent)

Kevin Rat

TJ DeSantis

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