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‘Terribly Sad News’ Stuns MMA Community as Former UFC Fighter & TUF Winner Passes Away at 34

Published 09/12/2022, 1:29 AM EDT

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Unfortunate news hit the MMA world as fighter Elias Theodorou passed away after battling cancer. The news shook the entire community. Reports confirm the former UFC athlete was dealing with stage 4 liver cancer for quite some time and died at 34.

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Also known as ‘The Spartan’, the Canadian athlete was a promising mixed martial arts athlete with an impressive record of 19-3. The Grant’s MMA standout had a decent run in the premier MMA organization with a record of 8-3.

MMA community shocked by the news

As soon as the sad news broke, MMA fans around the world mourned the loss of a young MMA prospect. From UFC President Dana White to fellow fighters, the mixed martial arts world expressed commiseration.

Theodorou was a very underrated fighter who showed immense promise during his early days.


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Elias Theodorou had an impressive start in the UFC

Even in his post-UFC career, the Mississauga, Ontario fighter was on a three-fight winning streak.

Theodorou came into the UFC with an undefeated MMA record. He was a contestant in The Ultimate Fighter Nations. The Canadian won the tournament’s finals against Sheldon Westcott (T/KO in Round 2, 4:41).

All three losses of the middleweight prodigy came fighting in the UFC. Thiago Santos, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson secured unanimous decision wins against Theodorou.

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Hard Knocks Fighting, Score Fighting, Bellator, ECC, NAAFS, PFC, Rise FC, and Colorado Combat Club among Ultimate Fighting Championship are a few promotions in which the Canadian athlete showcased his martial arts skills.

Elias Theodorou was a ring boy for Invicta FC

Theodorou wasn’t just a fighter. He has also been a ring boy. While ring card girls are often seen in mixed martial arts promotions, Theodorou was one of the ring boys for the exclusive female MMA promotion Invicta FC. The promotion has produced many female UFC champions in the past.


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The multi-talented MMA fighter happily carried the round card and entertained the fans while the female warriors performed inside the cage.

Further, he had a huge following on social media and hence, several fans rooted for him during fights.


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What do you think about Elias Theodorou’s short but eventful MMA career? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Deepak Kumar


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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight business brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.
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Rohini Kottu