Elias (Spartan) Theodoro, a charismatic mixed artist who successfully campaigned for the right to use medical marijuana as an athlete, has died. He was 34 years old.
His publicist Jes Moran confirmed that the former UFC fighter died Sunday in Toronto of liver cancer.
Theodoro, of Mississauga, Ont., has amassed a lot in his very short life. He was an athlete, actor, model, acrobat, dancer, television shooter, Harlequin romantic boy, and cannabis advocate. He did everything with a smile.
“Your mother’s favorite book cover. Your son’s favorite fighter,” Theodoro’s bio read on Twitter that day.
TSN’s combat analyst Robin Black, a friend and former fighter himself, said Teodoro has not publicly shared his cancer diagnosis. Black thinks Theodore made this choice “because he couldn’t bear to make people sad.”
“He was a really special guy,” Black said.
“Positive energy if any, a man who always had a winning smile, a man who spoke out what he believed in,” Canadian fighter Sarah Kaufman said on social media.
Teodoro joined MMA in 2009 after his first year at Humber College, where he studied creative advertising.
He made his professional debut in June 2011 and was 8-0-0 in 2013 when he joined the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia”, a version of the UFC reality TV show featuring teams from aspiring Canada and Australia. MMA fighters.
Theodore and 15 other fighters spent six weeks filming in a hut in the woods about an hour outside of Montreal.
“It was a fun and amazing experience,” Theodoro later said.
But not without its drawbacks.
“I miss women,” he added enthusiastically.
Theodoro was awarded a UFC contract in 2014
Theodoro secured his UFC contract in April 2014 when he stopped fellow Canadian Sheldon Westcott via a second-round TKO at the TUF Nations Final in Quebec City.
He went on to win eight out of 11 fights as a middleweight in the UFC but was cut short after his May 2019 loss to Derek Bronson in Ottawa. While Theodoro had a winning record, his grinding style lacked the pyrotechnics the promotion is looking for. Nine of his 11 UFC matches went to a decision.
Theodoro was a fighter with a large gas tank. He kept moving, often attacking him with kicks or hanging onto his opponent at the fence like a plaster as needed.
His last fight was a victory over Brian (The Beast) Baker last December for a Colorado fight card. His professional record was 19 wins and three losses, with six victories in his last seven matches.
Theodoro campaigned for years for the use of medical marijuana in sports, eventually winning an exemption for the therapeutic use of marijuana he prescribed for bilateral neuropathic pain in his hands, wrists, and elbows.
Theodoro, who said cannabis allowed him to “equal on the court and fight at a basic level,” was granted the exemption in February 2020 by the British Columbia Athletes Commission.
Jeff Nowitzki, Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance at the UFC, tweeted: “RIP Elias Theodorou. Fantastic person and a huge voice for a fairer and fairer treatment of marijuana use in MMA and sports.”
Calling Theodoro a folk person did not do him justice.
“I’m very open,” he once said with a smile. A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met.
He served as eye candy/waiter on the TV show “Dragon’s Den” on the “Martini on Wheels” show. While it was on fire, Theodoro still considered it a victory.
“Being on TV is always a good thing,” he said.
Theodoro used everything he could to add another ribbon to his wide bow. He said he owed his work as a cover boy to a portion of his anatomy.
“For whatever reason, Harlequin seems to like my ass,” he explained.
“I like to think I’m Fabio 2.0 with punches and kicks,” he joked.
Made his most flowing locks
He also made the most of his flowy locks, becoming a “North American Brand Ambassador” for Pert Plus Shampoo and Conditioner. Theodoro described himself as having “the best hair in martial arts”.
It was just one of the many pokers in his fire.
“Working hard gives you more hard work,” he said happily.
He helped pay for his training via Fund a Fighter, a website that allows fans to contribute to fighters. Some of the contributors got a T-shirt. One woman paid $500 on a date.
He also appeared on “The Match Game” on Comedy Network.
“I throw it in there and see what happens,” he said.
“As a necessity to appear as a mixed-race artist, your hands should be in every cookie packet,” he explained.
In March 2018, he took a sexist stereotype and turned it on its head by becoming a ring boy on the all-women’s Invicta FC promotion.
“Elias was truly a kind, humble and charismatic person who will be greatly missed by everyone,” Invicta said in a tweet.
Theodoro, who ranked 14th among the 185-pound contenders, needed 10 stitches to close a diagonal wound on his forehead due to a head collision in a UFC match with Trevor (Hot Sauce) Smith in May 2018.
Well, the chicks dig up the scars, said Teodoro with a smile after the fight. “And fortunately my girlfriend is as well.”
UFC fighter Michael Chiesa recalls how on a trip to EXOS, a performance sports center, he was called to a late press conference. After Theodore saw his friend worried that he was not dressed appropriately, he took off his jacket and gave it to him.
“I didn’t get the chance to give it back to him,” Kiza said, holding the jacket in a video posted on social media on Monday. “That was the kind of man he was. And while I am as sad as so many people – he touched so many lives – I must remember that I am very fortunate to have had friendship with him and countless people. Fantastic memories with him. Rest in peace Elias” .