Marco Ruas "The King of the Streets"

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Pro Record: 9-4-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Team: Ruas Vale Tudo
Age: 54
Sex: Male
Height: 6 Feet. 1 Inch(es).
Weight: 220 lbs.
Out of: Beverly Hills, CA
Born: Rio de Janeiro

Marco Ruas's Professional Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
NSF 05/19/2007 Loss Maurice Smith International Fight League: Chicago 05/19/07 TKO/RSC Corner Stoppage 4 3:43
NSF 11/11/2001 Win Jason Lambert Ultimate Pankration 1 Submission Heel Hook 1
NSF 07/16/1999 Loss Maurice Smith UFC 21: Return of the Champions TKO/RSC Corner Threw in the Towel from a Knee Injury 1 5:00
NSF 10/11/1998 Loss Alexander Otsuka Pride 4 TKO/RSC Corner Threw in the Towel 2 10:00
NSF 03/15/1998 Win Gary Goodridge Pride 2 Submission Heel Hook 1 9:09
NSF 03/16/1997 Win Pat Smith World Vale Tudo Championship 4 Submission Heel Hook 1 0:39
NSF 11/10/1996 Draw Oleg Taktarov World Vale Tudo Championship 2 1 31:12
NSF 10/14/1996 Win Steve Jennum World Vale Tudo Championship 1 Submission Punches 1 1:44
NSF 07/19/1996 Win Francisco Vale Tudo Brazil Submission Rear Naked Choke 1
NSF 12/16/1995 Win Keith Hackney UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 95 Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 2:39
NSF 12/16/1995 Loss Oleg Taktarov UFC: Ultimate Ultimate 95 Decision Unanimous Decision 1
NSF 09/08/1995 Win Larry Cureton UFC 7: Brawl in Buffalo Submission Heel Hook 1 3:23
NSF 09/08/1995 Win Remco Pardoel UFC 7: Brawl in Buffalo Submission Bad Position 1 12:27
NSF 09/08/1995 Win Paul Varelans UFC 7: Brawl in Buffalo TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Kicks 1 13:17
NSF 11/30/1984 TBD Fernando Pinduka Vale Tudo No Maracanazinho 1 20:00
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio


Marco Ruas (born January 23, 1961) is a former professional martial arts fighter and instructor. He is famous for being the founder of Ruas Vale Tudo, a hybrid of Brazilian submission fighting and kickboxing; he has instructed fighters such as Pedro Rizzo and Renato Sobral.

Ruas competed in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, winning UFC 7 in a classic fight against 6'8", 330lb Paul Varelans. He also faced down opponent Oleg Taktarov in UFC's Ultimate Ultimate, but lost via decision. He returned briefly to fight former heavyweight champion Maurice Smith in UFC 21, but lost not being able to continue due to an injury in his knee. Nonetheless, Ruas is revered for his expert ground fighting techniques and his reputation as one of MMA's most formidable talents.

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 is coaching the Southern California Condors in the International Fight League.