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Elias Theodorou, former UFC fighter, dies of colon cancer at 34

Former UFC fighter and cannabis advocate Elijah Theodore He has died of cancer at the age of 34. Theodorou died on Sunday surrounded by his family and loved ones “after a tough fight against colon cancer that metastasized,” according to a published statement on its website and social media accounts on Monday.

“He met his end while living his life eternally, irrationally and contagiously optimistic,” the statement said. “It’s impossible to capture all facets or all of their accomplishments in a single post, so ‘keep it short’.”

The Canadian mixed martial arts fighter had a career record of 19 wins and 3 losses. He competed in the UFC middleweight division and rose to No. 13 until he was released from the company in 2019. He competed in three other fights outside of the UFC and went undefeated.

UFC Fight Night: Brunson v Theodorou
Elias Theodorou reacts after his middleweight fight against Derek Brunson during the UFC Fight Night event at the Canadian Tire Center on May 4, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images


In 2020, Theodorou became the first publicly known professional athlete in North America to receive a therapeutic use exemption for medical cannabis, granted by the British Columbia Athletic Commission. hey he said cannabis helped him with its bilateral neuropathy, resulting from damage to nerves located outside the brain and spinal cord.

Before his fight with Bryan Baker last year, he spoke to CBS News about his advocacy for medical cannabis, saying he was “very proud” of his work.

“There have been certain athletes who have been persecuted for their medicine, but also penalized, taking away any kind of victory, whether it’s in mixed martial arts or obviously the Olympics,” Theodorou told CBS News. “And that comes from an outdated mindset, regarding seeing cannabis as a drug.”

Tributes to the Canadian boxer arrived online. UFC Editorial Director Thomas Gerbasi Theodore wrote he was someone “who made everyone pay attention as soon as they saw him”.

“It was a career and a life to be proud of, and one that ended too soon. But just the way he wanted it, Elias Theodorou made an impact in his 34 years, one that will not be forgotten,” Gerbasi said.

Journalist Ariel Helwani, who covers MMA, said Theodorou was “a great soul if you knew him” and “always had a big smile on his face”.

Colon cancer projected to be the leading cause of cancer death in people under 50 by 2030, according to advocacy group Lead from behind.

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