Mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou died after a battle with stage IV liver cancer. He was 34 years old.
The representative of the athlete confirmed the news of the death of Teodoru mmafighting.com on Monday, September 12, a day after his death, according to his spokesman. Theodorou struggled with his illness in private, and that the diagnosis was known to several people in his inner circle.
The Canadian native made his professional debut in 2011 and then signed with the UFC after winning The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia in 2014. promoting the Invicta Fighting Championships in 2018.
After parting ways with the UFC in May 2019, Theodorou returned to the regional scene, winning three straight fights in December 2019, March 2021 and finally in December 2021 against Brian Bakerin what would be his last fight.
In addition to his fighting career, the middleweight champion and his ex-girlfriend, Max Altamurocompeted in the third season Amazing race in Canadafinishing 12th in his hometown of Toronto.
Theodorou was also known as an advocate for the use of medical marijuana in combat sports. In 2020, he became the first fighter to receive a Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabis license granted by the British Columbia Athletic Commission.
Following the news of his death, the fighter was honored by his peers through social media. Jeff Nowitzkisenior vice president of UFC health and performance.
“RIP Elias Theodorou”, Novitsky, 54, tweeted on Monday. “A great man and a HUGE voice for fairer and more equal treatment of marijuana use in MMA and sports.”
Professional MMA fighter Michael Chiesa also greeted his late friend, whom he described as “the kind of guy who kicks his shirt off his back.”
“I have always said that the biggest gifts this sport has ever given me are friendship and memories,” the fighter began in the video. shared via Twitter on Monday. “Elias and I went to Exo [a training hub for professional athletes] several times and I was asked on short notice to go and do a press conference about it and I didn’t have a jacket, I didn’t have anything with a collar. I told him about it and … he took [his jacket] away, and he gave it to me.”
Chiesa, 34, continued: “I never got a chance to give it back to him, but he was such a guy. Although I, like many people, feel sad – he touched many lives – I must remember that I was very lucky to have had a friendship with him and countless wonderful memories that I had with him. Rest in peace, Elias.