UFC fighter and poker player Elias Theodorou has died a shocking death at the age of only 34 following a long battle with liver cancer. The Canadian mixed martial artist was a world-class fighter and built a profile in the poker community by teaming up with GGPoker to raise money during the Covid-19 pandemic.
GGPoker Ambassadro Elias Theodorou Dead at 34
In memory of Elias Theodorou. pic.twitter.com/2qojUOzJaG
— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2022
He also picked up a sponsorship deal with GGPoker during the pandemic after showing himself to be a more than capable player at the tables.
Last year, Theodorou vlogged his poker exploits in a YouTube series called “Glvoes and Shoves” with fellow GGPoker player Patrick Tardif.
This included a trip to the bright lights of Las Vegas where the fighter played in his first live poker events.
A Trailblazer and a Gentleman
During his short time in the poker community, Elias Theodorou became a much-loved character in the game.
In contrast to his many colleagues who battle in the ring or octagon, he was seen as a gentleman and pleasant to be around.
Twitch Poker streamer Lukas “RobinPoker” Robinson tweeted that it was an honour to have met the man.
— Robin Poker (@RobinPoker_) September 12, 2022
Many other tributes from the poker and MMA community have rung out over the last couple of days since the tragic news was announced.
With a UFC record of 8-3, Theodorou was no journeyman and was full of determination to achieve his goals. We wonder just what kind of a poker player he might have become if he fallen in love with our game before taking up fighting.
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