November 3, 1977 |
Coarsegold, California, United States
|Other names||El Toro|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||184.2 lb (83.6 kg; 13.16 st)|
|Fighting out of||Fresno, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Years active||2003–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Anthony Ruiz (born November 3, 1977) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He has competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, ShoXC, King of the Cage, Tachi Palace Fights, and the Palace Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Ruiz began his professional MMA career in February 2003, debuting on Gladiator Challenge show. Fighting for a variety of California-based MMA promotions, he amassed a record of 13 wins against 9 losses over the first three years of his career.
In 2012, Ruiz fought for the first time outside of his native California. Vladimir Putin wired $150,000 to Ruiz after his fight with Alexander Shlemenko at League S-70: Russian Championship Final because he was so impressed with his performance.
Ruiz was expected to make his Bellator debut on September 19, 2014 at Bellator 125 against Rafael Carvalho. However, when Brian Rogers' opponent, Brett Cooper, pulled out of their scheduled bout on the same card due to injury, Carvalho was moved up to the main card to face Rogers. Ruiz instead faced Nate James. He lost via split decision.
Ruiz was a participant in Bellator's one-night Light Heavyweight tournament at Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 on September 19, 2015. He faced Francis Carmont in the Alternate bout and lost by unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|56 matches||34 wins||22 losses|
|Win||34–22||Joey Cabezas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tachi Palace Fights 32||August 3, 2017||2||4:19||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||33–22||Joachim Christensen||Submission (armbar)||Abu Dhabi Warriors 4||May 24, 2016||1||4:47||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||33–21||Francis Carmont||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 142: Dynamite 1||September 19, 2015||2||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate.|
|Loss||33–20||Nate James||Decision (split)||Bellator 125||September 19, 2014||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||33–19||Alexey Butorin||TKO (punches)||Plotforma S-70 5||August 9, 2014||3||4:46||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||33–18||Ramazan Mukailov||Decision (unanimous)||FEFoMP: Cup of Sakhalin Administration Head||March 8, 2014||3||5:00||Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia|
|Win||32–18||Owen Rubio||TKO (punches)||TWC 19: Blackout||January 25, 2014||2||2:33||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||31–18||Collin Hart||Decision (split)||TPF 17: Fall Brawl||November 14, 2013||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||30–18||Rafael del Real||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator Challenge: Showdown||May 25, 2013||1||1:35||Woodlake, California, United States|
|Loss||29–18||Angel Deanda||TKO (punches)||TPF 15: Collision Course||November 15, 2012||3||3:39||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||29–17||Alexander Shlemenko||Decision (unanimous)||League S-70: Russian Championship Final||August 11, 2012||3||5:00||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||29–16||Scott Rosa||TKO (punches)||West Coast Fighting Championships: Showdown||June 9, 2012||2||3:43||Yuba City, California, United States|
|Win||28–16||Jared Torgeson||Decision (unanimous)||West Coast Fighting Championships: Bruvado Bash||January 7, 2012||5||5:00||Placerville, California, United States|
|Win||27–16||Rick Randolph||TKO (punches)||Fight for Wrestling 4||October 1, 2011||2||4:00||San Luis Obispo, California, United States|
|Win||26–16||Reggie Orr||Submission (arm triangle choke)||MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 5||August 19, 2011||2||N/A||Riverside, California, United States|
|Loss||25–16||Gerald Harris||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 9: The Contenders||May 5, 2011||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||25–15||Givanildo Santana||Submission (armbar)||MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 3||November 19, 2010||2||4:37||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||25–14||Leopoldo Serao||Decision (split)||TPF 6: High Stakes||September 9, 2010||5||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States||For Tachi Palace Fights Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||25–13||Kenny McCorkell||TKO (punches)||Pure Combat: Drop Zone||May 7, 2010||4||3:50||Camp Pendleton, California, United States||Won the Pure Combat Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||24–13||Hector Ramirez||Decision (split)||TPF 3: Champions Collide||February 4, 2010||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||23–13||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall||December 3, 2009||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||22–13||Gan McGee||KO (punches)||Pure Combat 9: Home Turf||July 25, 2009||3||1:14||Visalia, California, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||21–13||Aaron Rosa||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina||May 15, 2009||1||4:29||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||21–12||Trevor Prangley||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: At The Mansion II||September 20, 2008||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||21–11||Jeremy Freitag||Decision (unanimous)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||3||5:00||Stockton, California, United States|
|Loss||20–11||Bobby Southworth||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson||June 27, 2008||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||For Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||20–10||Brad Imes||Decision (split)||PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender||January 17, 2008||3||3:00||Lemoore, California, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||19–10||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (verbal)||PURECOMBAT: From the Ashes||December 1, 2007||1||N/A||Visalia, California, United States|
|Win||18–10||Bobby Southworth||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||November 16, 2007||2||0:52||San Jose, California, United States||Non-title bout for Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||17–10||Francisco Bueno||Decision||GC 69: Bad Intentions||September 22, 2007||3||N/A||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||16–10||Jason Geris||TKO (referee stoppage)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||July 27, 2007||1||5:00||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||15–10||Jeremy Freitag||TKO||GC 57: Holiday Beatings||December 16, 2006||3||3:48||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||14–10||Trevor Prangley||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||October 7, 2006||1||1:42||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||14–9||Jeremy Freitag||TKO (punches)||WEC 23: Hot August Fights||August 17, 2006||2||2:46||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||13–9||Dan Molina||Decision (unanimous)||GC 51: Madness at the Memorial||July 1, 2006||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||12–9||Vladimir Matyushenko||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Wars 3: Bay Area Brawl||June 3, 2006||1||2:03||Oakland, California, United States|
|Win||12–8||Shannon Kilgore||KO||KOTC: Heavy Hitters||April 2, 2006||1||1:05||California, United States|
|Win||11–8||Shane Yocum||TKO||GC 46: Avalanche||December 11, 2005||1||4:54||Coarsegold, California, United States|
|Win||10–8||Josh Jackson||TKO||GC 43: Gladiator Challenge 43||September 18, 2005||1||2:12||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||9–8||Jocquin Sanchez||Submission (guillotine choke)||GC 39: Titans Collide||July 17, 2005||1||0:21||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||9–7||Eddie Sanchez||Technical Submission (choke)||KOTC 54: Mucho Machismo||June 12, 2005||1||2:49||San Jacinto, California, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||9–6||Bryan Travers||Submission (guillotine choke)||GC 37: Throwdown||May 15, 2005||1||3:16||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||9–5||Jeff Lacefield||Submission||GC 35: Cold Fury||March 13, 2005||1||2:15||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||8–5||Jaime Jara||TKO||GC 33: Brutal Force||December 12, 2004||1||3:36||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||8–4||Brian Sesma||TKO (retirement)||KOTC 44: Revenge||November 14, 2004||1||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||7–4||Paul Mince||Decision (unanimous)||GC 31: Knockout Nightmare||October 7, 2004||2||5:00||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||6–4||Jaime Jara||Submission (armbar)||GC 27: FightFest 2||June 3, 2004||2||2:05||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Bryan Pardoe||TKO||GC 26: FightFest 1||June 2, 2004||1||2:25||Colusa, California, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Jaime Jara||Submission (armbar)||GC 26: FightFest 1||June 2, 2004||1||1:36||Colusa, California, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Dusty Arden||Decision (unanimous)||GC 23: Gladiator Challenge 23||February 24, 2004||2||5:00||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||5–1||Eduardo Martines||Decision||GC 21: Gladiator Challenge 21||December 7, 2003||2||5:00||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||4–1||Josh Rudiger||KO||GC 20: Gladiator Challenge 20||November 13, 2003||1||0:46||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Robert Escalara||KO||GC 19: Gladiator Challenge 19||September 28, 2003||1||3:03||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||2–1||John Dacota||TKO||GC 17: Gladiator Challenge 17||June 22, 2003||1||0:17||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||1–1||Richard Toland||Submission (choke)||GC 15: Gladiator Challenge 15||April 13, 2003||1||2:31||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Desi Miner||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GC 14: Gladiator Challenge 14||February 16, 2003||2||2:29||Porterville, California, United States|
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- "Brett Cooper out, Brian Rogers gets third opponent: Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 125". mmajunkie.com. September 9, 2014.
- "Nate James vs. Anthony Ruiz". tapology.com.
- Michael Stets (2015-06-19). "Bellator 'Dynamite' to feature title fight, one-night light heavyweight tourney, and GLORY kickboxing in San Jose". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06.