Elias Theodorou of Canada died at the age of 34 with liver cancer yesterday.
He began his professional career in 2011, and after winning The Ultimate Fighter in 2014, he signed a contract with the UFC.
In Colorado in December 2021, he defeated Bryan Baker in his final professional match.
Theodorou competed 11 times from 2014 to 2019.
He started his international career, where he won "TUF Nations" by defeating Sheldon Westcott.
He lost to only three opponents Thiago Santos, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson.
Theodorou left the UFC in May 2019 following his defeat to Brunson.
Theodorou accepted his release gracefully and decided to reinvent himself in order to improve his completion rate.
After his departure, he went 3-0, with his most recent victory coming in December against Bryan Baker.
Theodorou became a prominent supporter of de-stigmatizing and legalizing medical cannabis use for fighters in the last years of his career.
became the only world class athlete to be received a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for it in January 2020.
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