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Elias Michael Theodorou (May 31, 1988) is a Canadian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. He is currently competing for the UFC in the Middleweight division, and won The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.
Theodorou was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario and attended Meadowvale Secondary School. He is of Greek descent. After Theodorou's first year in college, he chose to take MMA classes as a workout, before opting to pursue MMA as a career.
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 over to Phuket to train at Tiger Muay Thai with coach Patrick Cote.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Theodorou faced Bruno Santos on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 54. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
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 faced Thiago Santos on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Theodorou is expected to face Sam Alvey on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.
Professional wrestling career
Following the path of many other mixed martial artists, Theodoru pursued a move into professional wrestling. He made his pro wrestling debut on July 18, 2015 at Superkick'D King Of The 6IX, defeating Kris Chambers.
- Signature moves
- Entrance Music
- "The Spartan"
- Managers and valets
- Teams and stables
Championships and accomplishments
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Extreme Cage Combat ECC
- Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- North American Allied Fight Series
- NAAFS Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter Nations Middleweight Tournament Winner
- Extreme Cage Combat ECC
- Professional wrestling