Elias Theodorou, UFC veteran and medical cannabis advocate, dies at 34 after cancer battle

James Eaton

Elias Theodorou died Sunday of troubles of most cancers. He was 34. (Photograph by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC by means of Getty Images)

Elias Theodorou, an outgoing and engaging gentleman who arrived at a lifelong dream when he created it to the UFC, died Sunday at 34 of liver cancer, his publicist told The Associate Push. Reporter Aaron Bronsteter of TSN in Canada famous on social media that Theodorou experienced only shared his prognosis with a handful of close friends.

A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Theodorou made it to the UFC on April 16, 2014, when he stopped Sheldon Westcott by means of strikes in “The Greatest Fighter Nations Finale.”

Theodorou began his MMA job with 11 consecutive victories right before dropping a conclusion to Thiago Santos on Dec. 10, 2015, in Las Vegas. He went 8-3 in the UFC and was produced after dropping a determination to middleweight contender Derek Brunson.

He fought 3 more periods on the regional circuit, winning all of them with two coming by TKO. His final bout was a decision victory in excess of Bryan Baker on Dec. 18, 2021, in Greeley, Colorado, raising his file to 19-3. Tragically, significantly less than 10 months later on, he was dead.

Theodorou was regarded for his long hair and rugged very good seems. He under no circumstances took himself also significantly and served as a “ring boy,” for the all-woman Invicta Battling Championship.

UFC welterweight contender and television analyst Michael Chiesa was a close friend of Theodorou’s and in a online video he posted on Twitter, claimed that Theodorou “was the style of guy who’d give you the shirt off his back.” At that level in his online video, Chiesa held up a folded gray athletics jacket he said belonged to Chiesa.

Chiesa said he was questioned on small observe to go to a information convention but didn’t have a collar.

“I was telling him this and he was carrying [this sports jacket], with a T-shirt,” Chiesa said. “He took his jacket off and gave it to me. I never acquired a possibility to give it back to him. Which is the sort of male he was. Although I’m unfortunate like a whole lot of individuals, he touched a large amount of life and I have to don’t forget I’m extremely blessed that I had the friendship I experienced with him.”

Theodorou, who was born May perhaps 31, 1988, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was a person of assorted pursuits. He appeared on the 3rd season of “The Awesome Race Canada,” with his then-girlfriend, Max Altamuro.

In accordance to “The Remarkable Race Wiki,” Theodorou’s motto on the present was “Don’t appear dumb on Tv and really do not die.”

He experienced a Bachelor of Arts from Humber Higher education in Toronto in Artistic Promoting. He was an outspoken advocate for health care cannabis use and on Feb. 19, 2020, turned the initial qualified athlete to acquire a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for it when he was granted it by the British Columbia Athletic Fee. According to his individual web-site, he was also granted a TUE in May possibly 2021 for the same intent.

He also labored as a stuntman, actor and producer.

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