Former UFC fighter and TUF winner Elias Theodorou dies aged 34

Former UFC fighter and TUF winner Elias Theodorou dies aged 34 after battle with liver cancer, as Dana White leads tributes for the Canadian middleweight

  • Elias Theodorou has passed away aged 34 after a battle with liver cancer
  • The middleweight had not made his illness public before his death on Sunday
  • He won eight of his 11 UFC fights before his release from the company in 2019
  • The Canadian was also an advocate for the use of medical cannabis in sport 

Former UFC star Elias Theodorou has died aged 34.

The Canadian passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer, having not made his illness public before his death.

Theodorou, who competed in the UFC 11 times before his release in 2019, boasted an record of 19 wins and three losses in MMA, but departed the sport’s premier promotion after Dana White claimed it was unlikely he would become a top five fighter after defeat to Derek Brunson.

Former UFC middleweight Elias Theodorou has died aged 34 after a battle with liver cancer

UFC president Dana White led the tributes to the fighter with a post on his Instagram story

Theodorou was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer, and lost his battle over the weekend.

He fought as recently as last December, defeating Bryan Baker by unanimous decision at Colorado Combat Club 10.

Theodorou won The Ultimate Fighter: Nations middleweight tournament early in his career and boasts victories over the likes of Bruno Santos, Roger Narvaez and Cezar Ferreira.

He was also a strong advocate for the use of medical cannabis in combat sports.

 Theodorou won eight of his 11 fights in the UFC before his release from the company in 2019

In January 2020, he became the first professional athlete to receive therapeutic use exemption for the drug, granted by the British Columbia Athletic Commission.

White posted a tribute to Theodorou on his Instagram story, with an image of the fighter captioned: ‘RIP Elias Theodorou.’

Several other tributes have been paid by the MMA world, with Michael Chiesa posting an emotional video to his Twitter account captioned: ‘Rest in peace my friend,’ and Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior VP of Athlete Health and Performance, posting: ‘RIP Elias Theodorou. A great person and a HUGE voice for the more fair and equitable treatment of marijuana use in MMA and sport.




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