Elias Theodorou, a veteran of the UFC and a past winner of The Ultimate Fighter, died of cancer yesterday. When he was born, he was the oldest of four children.
MMA Fighting and TSN's Aaron Bronstetor later reported the news of his death, but BJPENN.com broke the story first.
Theodorou was just told that his liver cancer had progressed to stage 4.
On May 31, 1988, he was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
In 2013, Theodorou joined the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia after a perfect run on the Canadian mixed martial arts circuit.
He defeated Sheldon Westcott on April 16, 2014, to win the middleweight division of that tournament.
After that, Theodorou went 7-3 versus UFC foes, including wins over Sam Alvey, Cezar Ferreira, Dan Kelly, and Eryck Anders among others.
In 2019, he was finally let go from the UFC. His professional record now stands at 19-3 after three more victories.
At Colorado Combat Club 10 in December 2021, he defeated Bryan Baker in his most recent match. Theodorou's battle was historic since he was the first mixed martial artist to compete while using cannabis for medical purposes.