|Born||January 23, 1961|
|Other names||The King of the Streets|
|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||Luta Livre under Roberto Leitão Sr.
7th Degree Black Belt in |
1st Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Moreira
1st Degree Black belt in Judo under Vinícius Ruas
1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Mestre rank / Red and White Cord in Capoeira under Mestre Camisa (José Tadeu Carneiro Cardoso)
Mestre rank in Muay Thai (Confederação Brasileira de Muay Thai)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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. After the match against Pinduka, he started training in brazilian jiu-jitsu with Osvaldo Alves. 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. His instructors included Euclydes Hatem.
Ruas debuted in Ultimate Fighting Championship at the UFC 7 event. He firstly faced Larry Cureton, who outweighed him by 40 lbs, but Ruas submitted him with a heel hook after a methodical grapple. His next opponent was the judoka Remco Pardoel, who early tried a guillotine choke, but Ruas blocked it and grinded him with foot stomps. After a failed heel hook attempt, Ruas controlled Pardoel and attacked him with knees and punches on the ground, making him tap out. Ruas's final fight was against 6'8", 330 lb Paul Varelans, and he showed his muay thai skills by overwhelming Varlans with punch combos and repeated leg kicks. He also used again his characteristic foot stomps when Paul clinched him against the cage. At the end, Varelans could not take more kicks to his legs and fell to the ground, where Ruas pounded him until the referee stopped the fight, giving Ruas the victory of the tournament.
Thanks to his victory in UFC 7, Ruas was invited to the Ultimate Ultimate event. He defeated Keith Hackney by choke with ease, but his next opponente, Oleg Taktarov, made a tougher contest. Both fighters used a passive approach to the fight, with Ruas blocking Taktarov's takedown attempts and seizing all the opportunities to strike him, actually making him bleed profusely. However, the judges gave the decision win to Taktarov, and Ruas was eliminated from the tournament. This decision was met controversy, and Ruas and his cornermen appealed to the referee, but nothing came from it. A year later, he faced Taktarov again in Brazil, in a bout with no judges. The rematch ended in a draw, but Ruas was clearly the most dominanting fighter, and he shook hands with Oleg after the fight. He also won the World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC) Super Fight belt in the process. He returned briefly to UFC 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.
Ruas is married and has three daughters. 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.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Vale Tudo Championship
- WVC Superfight Championship (one time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||9 wins||4 losses|
|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||Won WVC Superfight Championship.|
|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|
|1992||Kickboxer III: The Art of War||Himself|
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|UFC 7 Tournament winner
September 8, 1995