Ed Ruth

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Edward Lee Ruth
Born (1990-10-21) October 21, 1990 (age 28)
Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Other namesEasy, Dead
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight, Middleweight
Fighting out ofSan Diego, California, United States
TeamAlliance MMA
RankBlue Belt in BJJ
Wrestling2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA D1 Wrestling Champion, 2014 World Team Member, 4x All-American, 4x Big Ten Champion
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Edward Ruth (born October 21, 1990 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American mixed martial artist and former freestyle and folkstyle wrestler. As a folkstyle wrestler, Ruth was a three-time NCAA Division I national champion.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ruth was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a 2009 graduate of Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey.[3][4][5] He transferred there from Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in his freshman, sophomore and junior year.


In folkstyle wrestling, Ruth competed for Pennsylvania State University from 2010 to 2014. While there, Ruth was a three-time NCAA Division I national champion.

In freestyle wrestling, Ruth represented the United States at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships and the 2015 Wrestling World Cup.[6][7]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

In December 2014, Ruth trained with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jon Jones.[8] While living in State College, PA, Ruth trained at Central PA Mixed Martial Arts with head instructor Ryan Gruhn.[9][10][11]

Bellator MMA[edit]

He signed with Bellator MMA in May 2015. Due to his focus on competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Ruth declared that it would "be a little while" before his MMA debut.[12]

Ruth made his professional MMA debut in November 2016 on the undercard of Bellator 163 against Dustin Collins-Miles, fighting in the middleweight division.[13] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.'[14]

In his second professional MMA bout, Ruth faced Emanuele Palombi at Bellator 168 on December 10, 2016. He again won via TKO in the first round.[15]

Ruth was expected to face Aaron Goodwine at Bellator 178 on April 21, 2017 but the bout did not materialize. Ruth instead fought and defeated David Mundell.[16]

Ruth faced UFC veteran Chris Dempsey on November 3, 2017 at Bellator 186.[17] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

Ruth was originally scheduled to make his welterweight debut and face Lazslo Furko of Hungary, but Furko pulled out due to injury. Ruth then faced Ion Pascu of Romania, who took the fight on two weeks notice at Bellator 196 held in Budapest, Hungary. This fight was agreed at a catchweight of 175 lbs.[18] He won the fight by unanimous decision after taking Pascu down numerous times and landing heavy ground and pound.

Ruth made his welterweight debut against Andy Murad at Bellator 201 in Temecula, California. [19] He won the fight by TKO in round two.

Ruth next entered the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. He faced Neiman Gracie in the quarterfinals at Bellator 213 on December 15, 2018. He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the fourth round.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–1 Neiman Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 213 December 15, 2018 4 2:17 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix quarterfinal.
Win 6–0 Andy Murad TKO (punches) Bellator 201 June 29, 2018 2 4:59 Temecula, California, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 5–0 Ion Pascu Decision (unanimous) Bellator 196 April 6, 2018 3 5:00 Budapest, Hungary Catchweight (175 lb) bout.[21]
Win 4–0 Chris Dempsey KO (punch) Bellator 186 November 3, 2017 2 0:27 University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3–0 David Mundell TKO (knee to the body) Bellator 178 April 21, 2017 2 3:13 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 2–0 Emanuele Palombi TKO (punches) Bellator 168 December 10, 2016 1 1:33 Florence, Italy Catchweight (189 lb) bout.[22]
Win 1–0 Dustin Collins-Miles TKO (punches) Bellator 163 November 4, 2016 1 3:19 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight (192 lb) bout.[23]

Freestyle wrestling record[edit]

World Championships
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2014 UWW world 15th at 86kg
Loss 1-1 Iran Mohammad Hossein Mohammadian 4-7 2014-09-08 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 1-0 Turkmenistan Yusup Melejayev 12-2

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 4–1 Conner DeAngelis Points (2-0) 2017 Pan-American Championship (jiu-jitsu) March 16, 2017 1 6:00 Irvine, California, United States Silver Medal (Blue Belt)
Win 4–0 Alex Sterner Points (19-0) 2017 Pan-American Championship (jiu-jitsu) March 16, 2017 1 6:00 Irvine, California, United States
Win 3–0 Kristien Ruffin Submission (armbar) 2017 Pan-American Championship (jiu-jitsu) March 16, 2017 1 2:51 Irvine, California, United States
Win 2–0 Kevin Fusiler Submission (kimura) 2017 Pan-American Championship (jiu-jitsu) March 16, 2017 1 3:46 Irvine, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jerome Harris Points (13-0) 2017 Pan-American Championship (jiu-jitsu) March 16, 2017 1 6:00 Irvine, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ed Ruth Biography". asicsamerica.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Ed Ruth". Team USA.
  3. ^ "Wrestling: Blair's Ed Ruth among five New Jersey All-Americans at NCAA tournament". nj.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth, out of Blair Academy, suspended indefinitely, report says". lehighvalleylive.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Ed Ruth helped along path to multiple national championships by mom, youth coach". PennLive.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. completes its Freestyle World Cup roster for Los Angeles, April 11-12". Team USA. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Ed Ruth Leads Penn State Contingent at 2014 World Team Trials". gopsusports.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  8. ^ Fox Sports. "Ed Ruth, three-time national champ, wants Olympic gold and UFC glory". FOX Sports. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Ed Ruth Facebook Review of Central PA Mixed Martial Arts". CPAMMA. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Ed Ruth Instagram". Ed Ruth. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Q&A: Ed Ruth returns to University Park, looks to school Chris Dempsey - Fighters Only". Fighters Only. 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  12. ^ Okamoto, Brett (2015-05-11). "Ed Ruth signs with Bellator MMA". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  13. ^ http://www.flowrestling.org/article/46945-ed-ruth-tyrell-fortune-set-for-bellator-debuts
  14. ^ "Former Penn State wrestlers Phil Davis, Ed Ruth excited to return to alma mater for Bellator 186". centredaily. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  15. ^ Danny Segura (December 10, 2016). "Bellator 168 results: Alessio Sakara knocks out Joey Beltran". mmafighting.com.
  16. ^ Steven Marrocco (April 21, 2017). "Bellator 178 results: 'Pitbull' Freire submits Straus in fourth encounter to recapture title". mmajunkie.com.
  17. ^ "Phil Davis, Ed Ruth Get Opponents for Bellator 186 on Penn State University Campus".
  18. ^ Bohn, Mike. "Ed Ruth gets new Bellator 196 opponent and contracted weight". mmajunkie. MMA Junkie. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  19. ^ Bohn, Mike. "Undefeated Ed Ruth added to Bellator 201 in Temecula". mmajunkie. MMA Junkie. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Bellator 213 Results: Macfarlane vs Létourneau". mmafighting.com. December 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Mike Bohn (March 26, 2018). "Ed Ruth gets new Bellator 196 opponent and contracted weight". mmajunkie.com.
  22. ^ Staff (December 10, 2016). "Bellator 168 weigh-in results and photos (don't forget: 4 p.m. ET live start time today on Spike)". mmajunkie.com.
  23. ^ Staff (November 3, 2016). "Bellator 163 weigh-in results: Headliners on weight but main-card bout scrapped". mmajunkie.com.

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