Elias Theodorou, 34, a former UFC fighter and "UFN" winner, died Sunday. Theodorou had stage 4 liver cancer but didn't tell anyone. TSN confirmed Theodorou's departure.
Theodorou won "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2014 by TKOing Sheldon Westcott.
The Canadian middleweight went 8-3 in the Octagon, never losing consecutive fights and only losing to Thiago Santos, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson.
UFC released Theodorou after Brunson's loss in May 2019. He won three fights outside the promotion. Bryan Baker was his final opponent in December 2021.
Theodorou was known for his out-of-cage activities. He was a "ring boy" for Invicta FC, carrying ring cards in the style of "ring girls"
Theodorou told the BBC about ring card carriers, 'grid girls' in F1 and 'walk-on girls' in darts before his debut.
"I thought this was relevant given the larger conversation. This project aims to show that creating more options, not fewer, increases equality."
Theodorou supported medical cannabis, especially for fighters. In 2020, he became the first North American professional fighter to receive a TUE.
Theodorou was on Amazing Race Canada 3 in 2015.