Elias Theodorou

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Elias Theodorou
BornElias Matthew Theodorou
(1988-05-31) May 31, 1988 (age 30)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesThe Spartan
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach75 12 in (192 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofToronto, Ontario, Canada
TeamGrants MMA
Tapout Burlington
Tristar Gym[2]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Dark blue belt in Muay Thai[3]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission2
By decision9
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Elias Michael Theodorou[4] (born May 31, 1988) is a Canadian mixed martial artist. He is currently competing for the UFC in the Middleweight division, and won The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. As of January 2, 2019, he is #14 in official UFC middleweight rankings.[5]


Theodorou was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, of Greek descent, and attended Meadowvale Secondary School. He went to Humber College to earn a B.A Degree in Creative Advertising, but after Theodorou's first year in college, he chose to take MMA classes as a workout before opting to pursue MMA as a career.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In December 2013, it was announced that Theodorou would be a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, representing Canada at Middleweight.[7] He defeated Zein Saliba in the Quarterfinals and defeated Tyler Manawaroa in the semifinals. After semifinals, he went to Phuket Province, Thailand, to train at Tiger Muay Thai with coach Patrick Côté.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Theodorou defeated MFC vet Sheldon Westcott via TKO due to punches and elbows in the second round at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale to win the Middleweight tournament.[8]

Theodorou faced Bruno Santos on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 54.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Theodorou faced Roger Narvaez on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185.[10] After a first round in which Narvaez seemed to control, Narvaez suffered a broken arm in the second round after an attempt to block a kick from Theodorou. Subsequently, Theodorou was able to get a TKO stoppage with a flurry of punches shortly thereafter.[11]

Theodorou faced Thiago Santos on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[12] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[13]

Theodorou next faced Sam Alvey June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.[14] The bout remained on the feet for nearly all of its duration in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Theodorou faced Cezar Ferreira on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Theodorou faced Brad Tavares on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Theodorou faced Dan Kelly on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.[20] He won via unanimous decision.[21]

Theodorou faced Trevor Smith on May 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Theodorou was expected to face Antônio Carlos Júnior on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[24] However, Júnior pulled out on August 28 due to injury.[25] The pairing is expected to be left in tact and rescheduled for December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[26] On September 13, 2018, it was reported that Júnior was forced to withdraw from his bout with Theodorou yet again, citing a surgery is required on the injury that caused the cancellation of his first scheduled bout with Theodorou.[27] On October 1, 2018, it was reported Júnior was replaced by Eryk Anders.[28] Theodorou won the fight via split decision.[29]

Theodorou is expected to face Derek Brunson on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 150.[30]

Championships and awards[edit]

Other ventures[edit]

Theodorou and his girlfriend, Max Altamuro, a retail manager living and working in Toronto, competed on the third season of The Amazing Race Canada. They placed 12th in their current home city of Toronto and were the first team to be eliminated from the race.[31] Theodorou also serves as a "ring boy" for the all-female MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.[32]

Theodorou is involved in an upcoming film called Last Hit in which he will portray an MMA fighter who is forced to retire but then takes up e-sports.[33][34]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–2 Eryk Anders Decision (split) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 15–2 Trevor Smith Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till May 27, 2018 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Win 14–2 Dan Kelly Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura November 19, 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Loss 13–2 Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale July 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 12–1 Sam Alvey Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson June 18, 2016 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Loss 11–1 Thiago Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Roger Narvaez TKO (punches) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 2 4:07 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 10–0 Bruno Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 9–0 Sheldon Westcott TKO (punches and elbows) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy April 16, 2014 2 4:41 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Won The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Middleweight Tournament.
Win 8–0 Travis Clark TKO (retirement) NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 7 July 20, 2013 2 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Won the NAAFS Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Mike Kent Submission (punches) ECC 17: Rise of Champions May 11, 2013 1 1:54 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Won the vacant ECC Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Ali Mokdad Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 7 November 23, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 5–0 Simon Marini Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 5 August 25, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 4–0 Rich Lictawa TKO (retirement) Bellator 64 April 6, 2012 3 0:33 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (190 lbs) bout.
Win 3–0 Erik Herbert Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 4 March 16, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 2–0 Steve Hodgson Submission (rear-naked choke) HKFC: School of Hard Knocks 14 September 23, 2011 2 1:12 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 1–0 Tanner Tolman TKO (punches and elbows) HKFC: School of Hard Knocks 12 June 17, 2011 1 3:49 Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Tyler Manawaroa Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia February 26, 2014 2 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Semi-finals
Win 1–0 Zein Saliba Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia January 22, 2014 2 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Quarter-finals



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Listener Scotty Furmanek
2014 The Ultimate Fighter Nations Himself
2015 The Amazing Race Canada Himself Season 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elias Theodorou UFC Profile". ufc.com.
  2. ^ "Elias Theodorou hoping to learn from past mistakes". torontosun.com. June 15, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Elias Theodorou – Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  6. ^ Elias Theodorou. UFC profile
  7. ^ "Report: TUF Nations cast announced". bloodyelbow.com. December 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Elias Theodorou TKO's his way to middleweight tournament win".
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night 54 adds six bouts, including Theodorou-Santos". mmajunkie.com. August 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Staff (January 13, 2015). "Roger Narvaez vs. Elias Theodorou added to UFC 185 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Steven Marrocco (March 14, 2015). "UFC 185 results, photos: Elias Theodorou breaks Roger Narvaez's arm, gets TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  12. ^ Staff (September 13, 2015). "Elias Theodorou meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 80". mmajunkie. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (December 10, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 80 results: Thiago Santos dominates Elias Theodorou late". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Staff (March 29, 2016). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (June 18, 2016). "UFC Fight Night 89 results: Elias Theodorou baffles Sam Alvey in slow-paced affair". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  16. ^ Lucas Rezende (December 7, 2016). "Theodorou vs. Ferreira set for UFC Halifax". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Andrew Pearson (February 19, 2017). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Elias Theodorou edges out Cezar Ferreira via decision". mmamania.com. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  18. ^ Staff (April 18, 2017). "Elias Theodorou vs. Brad Tavares booked for TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  19. ^ "TUF 25 Finale results: Brad Tavares outscores Elias Theodorou for narrow unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. July 8, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Alex Oates (September 8, 2017). "Dan Kelly secures UFC Sydney bout against Canada's Elias Theodorou". news.com.au. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Elias Theodorou outworks Daniel Kelly for unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  22. ^ Staff (2018-03-16). "Sorry, Dublin: UFC heading to Liverpool for first time for UFC Fight Night 130". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Elias Theodorou outgrinds Trevor Smith in spirited opener". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  24. ^ Dan Hiergesell (2018-07-27). "Antonio Carlos Junior meets Elias Theodorou at UFC Fight Night 137 in Brazil". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  25. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-08-27). "Antonio Carlos Junior out of UFC Sao Paulo fight against Elias Theodorou". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  26. ^ Gabriel Camargo (2018-08-28). "Cara de Sapato gets hurt and fights with Elias Theodorou is delayed for UFC 231". mmabrasil.com.br. Retrieved 2018-08-29. (in Portuguese)
  27. ^ "Antonio Carlos Junior says he's out of UFC 231 bout with Elias Theodorou". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  28. ^ "Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago 'Marreta' Santos, Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou added to UFC 231". MMAjunkie. 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  29. ^ "UFC 231 results: Holloway vs. Ortega". mmafighting.com. December 8, 2018.
  30. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-02-20). "UFC Ottawa official for May 4 on ESPN+". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  31. ^ "Amazing Race Canada: Eliminated UFC fighter Elias Theodorou says goal was not to die". torontosun.com. July 10, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  32. ^ https://www.mmamania.com/2018/3/25/17161260/watch-elias-theodorou-make-his-invictafc-28-ring-boy-debut
  33. ^ "Success is in the cards for UFC's Theodorou - Article - TSN". tsn.ca. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  34. ^ DeSantis, Michael (March 6, 2018). "Q&A: Elias Theodorou Discusses Indie Movie Project "Last Hit" - MMASucka.com". mmasucka.com. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
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