Elias Theodorou set to compete March 6, make history for cannabis in MMA

‘Ready to Rise and Grind For The Week Ahead,’ writes Elias Theodorou on Instagram on Jan. 11, 2021. (@eliastheodorou/Instagram)

By James Matthews

When Elias Theodorou enters the octagon on March 6, he will be making history.

Theodorou is the first professional athlete and MMA fighter in the world to receive a therapeutic use exemption – or TUE – for medical cannabis in competition, which was granted in February by the British Columbia Athletic Commission.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has delayed MMA competition, meaning the Rise Fighting Championship 6 will be the first time he competes with the exemption.

Theodorou will be fighting in and co-promoting the competition. Rise FC is an MMA organization based out of Chilliwack, B.C. The event will be a local affair held in Chilliwack at the Landing Sports Centre. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25.

Rise Fighting Championship 6 is also a continuation of Theodorou’s partnership with media company ImagineBC.

“Beyond excited to share, after months, no years, of blood, sweat and tears I will be validating my Therapeutic Use Exemption for cannabis in competition as both fighter AND co-promoter,” Theodorou shared to Instagram.

“Thank you all for your continued support throughout my journey #FightingTheStigma inside the cage & out.”

Details, such as the fight card, start times and additional content are still to come.

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