Former UFC Middleweight Contender Elias Theodorou Becomes First MMA Athlete to Receive Medical Cannabis Exemption

Harrison Wise

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Elias Theodorou, became the first mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for medical cannabis, courtesy of the British Columbia Athletic Commission, according to a statement released by Paradigm Sports Management, Theodorou’s management firm.

The TUE allows Theodorou “to continue his doctor-prescribed use of medicinal cannabis and protects him from penalty if he tests above the previous threshold for in-competition use. He will follow the guidelines provided by the athletic commission regarding fight-week medical use,” Theodorou said in the statement.

“I am grateful both as a patient and an athlete for the approval of my medical cannabis TUE by the BC Athletic Commission, recognizing my fundamental Canadian right to medicate as prescribed by my medical doctor. I remain committed to fighting the negative stigma of medical cannabis, not only for myself but for all athletes,” Theodorou added.

Theodorou (17-3), who rose to fame on “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” back in 2014, tried (and failed) to score the same TUE with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) during his time under the UFC banner, which ended last May.