|Born||Elias Michael Theodorou|
May 31, 1988
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|Other names||The Spartan|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75+1⁄2 in (192 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Dark blue belt in Muay Thai
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Elias Michael Theodorou (born May 31, 1988) is a Canadian mixed martial artist of Greek descent. He competed for the UFC in the Middleweight division where he was ranked 13th until his release, and won The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. He was the first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption for medical cannabis in North America in February, 2020.
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. On February 19, 2020, Theodorou was the first MMA fighter and professional athlete in history to receive a sanctioned exemption for medical cannabis (TUE) in sport by a governing body via the British Columbia Athletic Commission.
Mixed martial arts career
The Ultimate Fighter
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. 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
Theodorou faced Roger Narvaez on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185. 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.
Theodorou next faced Sam Alvey June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89. 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.
Theodorou was expected to face Antônio Carlos Júnior on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137. However, Júnior pulled out on August 28 due to injury. The pairing was expected to be left intact and rescheduled for December 8, 2018, at UFC 231. 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. On October 1, 2018, it was reported Júnior was replaced by Eryk Anders. Theodorou won the fight via a highly controversial split decision.
On May 26, 2019 it was reported that Theodorou was released by the UFC.
Championships and awards
- Extreme Cage Combat
- ECC Middleweight Championship (One time)
- North American Allied Fight Series
- NAAFS Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Theodorou and his ex-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. Theodorou also serves as a "ring boy" for the all-female MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.
Theodorou is a proud medical cannabis activist and received his first therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in British Columbia, Canada in February of 2021, making him the first professional athlete to be sanctioned to utilize cannabis in-sport in British Columbia, Canada. In May 2021, he received his second TUE for professional competition in Colorado, US, making him the first professional athlete to do so in The United States. He continues to publicly advocate and 'fight the stigma, inside and outside of the ring.'
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||18 wins||3 losses|
|Win||18–3||Matt Dwyer||TKO (punches)||Rise FC 6: Fighting the Stigma||March 13, 2021||3||1:20||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||17–3||Hernani Perpetuo||TKO (elbows)||Prospect Fighting Championships 12||December 6, 2019||3||1:51||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||16–3||Derek Brunson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy||May 4, 2019||3||5:00||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|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)||January 22, 2014||2||Quarter-finals|
|2013||The Listener||Scotty Furmanek|
|2014||The Ultimate Fighter Nations||Himself|
|2015||The Amazing Race Canada||Himself||Season 3|
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