Tragedy has struck the MMA world, as Canadian fighter Elias Theodorou has died at the hands of cancer. Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reported the painful news on September 11, 2022.
Theodorou was the middleweight Ultimate Figher Nations: Canada vs. Australia winner in 2014, earning a contract with the UFC after beating Sheldon Westcott via TKO in the finals. He went on to amass an 8-3 record in the UFC, only losing to elite competition in Thiago Santos, Brade Tavares, and Derek Brunson. He finished his MMA career at 19-3 - with his only losses coming via decision.
Theodorou was an outspoken advocate for the legalization of cannabis, especially for medicinal purposes. Last year, he made an appearance on The Schmo, where he detailed why he was such a staunch supporter in the quest for marijuana legalization.
“You have to say, ‘I like to smoke weed because I like to get high,’” Elias states during the video. “You can’t say, ‘it’s a medicine. That’s why I use it.’ Because that’s still considered a forbidden component under the UFC [rules].”
The MMA world has lost not only a talented fighter but also a thoughtful and passionate individual who fought not just inside the cage - but also for what he believed in. Cancer is an insidious disease that has affected all of us. If you want to learn more about how you join the fight against cancer, visit the Canadian Cancer Society website.
Rest in peace, Elias. You will be missed.