|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)|
|Style||Wrestling, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Rio De Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||Ruas Vale Tudo|
|Rank||Black belt in Luta-Livre, Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. Most notably, he was the UFC 7 Tournament Champion and is considered one of the earliest examples of the complete mixed martial artist, highly skilled in both striking and grappling. He holds notable victories over Gary Goodridge, Patrick Smith, and Jason Lambert.
Ruas is famous for being 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 starts 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.
Some would regard him as one of the earliest pioneers of the now established MMA paradigm of a complete fighter – being able to strike, takedown and finish with submissions as his UFC 7 record indicates.
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 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.
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).
Championships and Accomplishments
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||Marco Ruas gave up at the pause between 1st and 2nd round due to a hurt knee|
|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 Martial Arts||November 30, 1984||1||20:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|