UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou Dies at 34 After Long Cancer Battle
The MMA world is mourning the loss of one of its stars.
Elias Theodorou, a Canadian MMA fighter who also competed for the UFC, passed away on September 11 after a long but secret battle with liver cancer. He was 34. A representative for Theodorou verified the devastating news to a TSN broadcaster, who published the remark on social media.
“Unfortunately, a representative of Elias Theodorou has confirmed earlier rumors that he has gone away at the age of 34,” The Sports Network in Canada’s Aaron Bronsteter tweeted. “Theodorou was battling Stage 4 liver cancer quietly and had only told a small handful of individuals about his condition.”
Before participating in the UFC, Theodorou began his MMA career in 2011, winning 11 consecutive fights. He has fought in 22 MMA battles in his career, with his most recent victory coming last December against Bryan Baker.
Later in his career, Theodorou became a prominent supporter of allowing fighters to utilize medical cannabis in competition.
He created history by becoming the first professional athlete in North America to compete with a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE] for Medical Cannabis, which he did in both Canada and the United States.
Following the news of his death, MMA star Michael Chiesa paid tribute to the 34-year-memory olds by posting a video on social media. Chiesa held out a blazer given to him by Theodorou when he required a jacket for a press conference to demonstrate how Theodorou was the type of guy who would “give you the shirt off his back.”
“He grabbed his jacket and gave it to me, and I never got a chance to return it to him,” Chiesa said in a video posted to Twitter on Sept. 12. “But that’s the kind of guy he was, and while I’m sad…I have to remember that I’m incredibly fortunate to have had the friendship I did with him and the countless beautiful memories I have with him.”