Marco Ruas

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Marco Ruas
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Born (1961-01-23) January 23, 1961 (age 53)
Other names The King of the Streets and The Killer of Americans
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Team Ruas Vale Tudo
Rank 7th Degree Black belt in Luta Livre under Roberto Leitão Sr. (/ João Ricardo N. de Almeida)[1][2][3]
1st Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Moreira[4]
1st Degree Black belt in Judo under Vinícius Ruas[5]
1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo [6]
Mestre rank / Red and White Cord in Capoeira under Mestre Camisa (José Tadeu Carneiro Cardoso)[7]
Mestre rank in Muay Thai (Confederação Brasileira de Muay Thai)[8]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 9
By knockout 1
By submission 8
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Marco Antônio de Lima Ruas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaʁku ˈʁuɐs]; born January 23, 1961) is a retired mixed martial arts fighter and instructor. Ruas was the UFC 7 Tournament Champion.


Ruas is the founder of Ruas Vale Tudo, a hybrid of Brazilian submission fighting and kickboxing. He also used to train in the art of capoeira with renowned Mestre Camisa in Rio de Janeiro at the Santa Luzia club, downtown Rio. He has instructed fighters such as Pedro Rizzo and Renato Sobral. He is also a black belt in Luta-Livre, who faced up a legendary quarrel against the brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters in the 80s and 90s.[9] After the match against Pinduka, he started training in brazilian jiu-jitsu with Osvaldo Alves.[10] Later he trained Joe Moreira before his fight against the russian boxer Yuri Vaulin. Seeing his good skills in grappling, Moreira gave him a black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and caused a commotion among his fellow Brazilians.[11] Amongst his instructors included Euclydes Hatem.

Ruas competed in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, winning UFC 7 in a classic fight against 6'8", 330 lb Paul Varelans. He also faced down opponent Oleg Taktarov in UFC's Ultimate Ultimate, but lost via unanimous decision. Ruas would go on to a draw with Taktarov a year later, winning the World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC) Super Fight belt in the process. He returned briefly to fight former heavyweight champion Maurice Smith in UFC 21, but lost by TKO. Ruas suffered an injury in the first round and could not continue.

Personal life[edit]

Ruas is married and has three daughters.[12] Marco's first recorded fight was in 1984. Marco's nickname is "The King of the Streets" (Ruas actually means "streets" in Portuguese).

Marco lives in Laguna Niguel, California and coached the Southern California Condors in the International Fight League before the organization's collapse.

Instructor lineage[edit]

Luta Livre[edit]

Roberto Leitão Sr. → João Ricardo N. de Almeida → Marco Ruas [13][14]
Roberto Leitão Sr. → Marco Ruas [15]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Black Belt Lineage: Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos GracieHelio Gracie → Francisco Mansur → Joe Moreira → Marco Ruas [16]

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos GracieReyson Gracie → Osvaldo Alves → Marco Ruas [17]


Jigoro KanoSoshihiro SatakeVinícius Ruas → Marco Ruas [18]


Mestre BimbaMestre Camisa → Marco Ruas

Muay Thai[edit]

Nelio Naja → Luiz Alves → Marco Ruas [19][20]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–4–2 Maurice Smith TKO (corner stoppage) IFL: Chicago May 19, 2007 4 3:43 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 9–3–2 Jason Lambert Submission (heel hook) Ultimate Pankration 1 November 11, 2001 1 0:56 Cabazon, California, United States
Loss 8–3–2 Maurice Smith TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 21 July 16, 1999 1 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Loss 8–2–2 Alexander Otsuka TKO (corner stoppage) Pride 4 October 11, 1998 2 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–1–2 Gary Goodridge Submission (heel hook) Pride 2 March 15, 1998 1 9:09 Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–1–2 Patrick Smith Submission (heel hook) World Vale Tudo Championship 4 March 16, 1997 1 0:39 Brazil
Draw 6–1–2 Oleg Taktarov Draw World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 31:12 Brazil
Win 6–1–1 Steve Jennum Submission (punches) World Vale Tudo Championship 1 August 14, 1996 1 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–1–1 Oleg Taktarov Decision Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 18:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0–1 Keith Hackney Submission (rear naked choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 2:39 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0–1 Paul Varelans TKO (strikes) UFC 7 September 8, 1995 1 13:17 Buffalo, New York, United States Won UFC 7 Tournament.
Win 3–0–1 Remco Pardoel Submission (position) UFC 7 September 8, 1995 1 12:27 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 2–0–1 Larry Cureton Submission (heel hook) UFC 7 September 8, 1995 1 3:23 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 1–0–1 Francisco Francisco Submission (rear naked choke) Ruas Vale Tudo July 1, 1992 1 0:26 Manaus, Brazil
Draw 0–0–1 Fernando Pinduka Draw Jiu-Jitsu vs Luta Livre November 30, 1984 1 20:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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Preceded by
Oleg Taktarov
UFC 7 Tournament winner
September 8, 1995
Succeeded by
Dan Severn