Montserrat Ruiz (born February 3, 1993) is a Mexican mixed martial artist who competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Montserrat Ruiz
Born (1993-02-03) February 3, 1993 (age 31)
León, Guanajuato, México
Other namesConejo
Height5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)[1]
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight (2016–present)
Flyweight (2014–2015)
Reach61 in (155 cm)[2][1]
Fighting out ofEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
TeamKings MMA El Paso[1]
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision5
By knockout3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

At the age of 16, Ruiz started practicing Olympic wrestling at the Técnica 1 in León, Guanajuato, later became a national selection, living for three years at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento (CNAR) in Mexico City and then made the leap to MMA. She was a 7-time national champion in Mexico.[3]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Montserrat Ruiz made her professional MMA debut in 2014 at the Gladiators Coliseum, a promoter in Mexico. She achieved a winning streak of nine fights fighting under various MMA promotions in Mexico before entering the American circuit.[4]

Invicta FC edit

Ruiz made her promotional debut for Invicta FC against UFC vet Danielle Taylor at Invicta FC 33 on December 15, 2018. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[5]

After the loss to Danielle, she suffered an injury that kept her out of the cage for more than a year.[6]

In her sophomore performance, Ruiz faced Janaisa Morandin on July 30, 2020, at Invicta FC 41: Morandin vs. Ruiz. She won the bout with ease through first round scarf hold keylock submission.[7]

Ruiz was scheduled to face Emily Ducote for the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Championship at Invicta FC 43, however on the day of the event, the fight was cancelled due to COVID precautions.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Ruiz made her UFC debut as a short notice replacement for Kay Hansen against Cheyanne Buys on March 20, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland.[9] She won the bout via unanimous decision, keeping Buys in the headlock position for most of the bout.[10]

Ruiz faced Amanda Lemos on July 17, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 26.[11] Ruiz lost the fight via a technical knockout in round one.[12]

Ruiz was scheduled to face Mallory Martin on December 4, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 31.[13] However Ruiz was forced out of the event and she was replaced by Cheyanne Buys. [14]

After a 2-year layoff, Ruiz faced Jaqueline Amorim on August 12, 2023, at UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. dos Anjos.[15] She lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[16]

Ruiz faced Eduarda Moura, replacing So Yul Kim, on November 4, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 231. [17] At the weigh-ins, Moura weighed in at 119.5 pounds, three and a half pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Moura was fined 30% of her purse which went to Ruiz.[18] She lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[19]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

  • Xtreme Fighters Latino
    • XFL Strawweight Championship [3]
  • MAX Fights
    • MAX Fights Strawweight Championship [3]

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 3 3
By submission 2 0
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4 Eduarda Moura TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Lewis November 4, 2023 2 2:14 São Paulo, Brazil Catchweight (119.5 lb) bout; Moura missed weight.
Loss 10–3 Jaqueline Amorim TKO (elbows and punches) UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. dos Anjos August 12, 2023 3 3:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–2 Amanda Lemos TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés July 17, 2021 1 0:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Cheyanne Vlismas Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Janaisa Morandin Submission (scarf hold armlock) Invicta FC 41: Morandin vs. Ruiz July 30, 2020 1 3:28 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 8–1 Danielle Taylor Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II December 15, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 8–0 Sarai Saenz Flores Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighters Latino 36 December 9, 2017 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico Won the XFL Strawweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Saray Orozco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) The Art of Fighting: In Search of Glory September 2, 2017 3 5:00 Guadalajara, Mexico
Win 6–0 Jazmin Gonzalez TKO (punches) MAX Fights: Battle On The Beach June 11, 2016 1 1:18 Zihuatanejo Mexico Won the MAX Fights Strawweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Pamela Gonzalez Submission (armbar) MMA Madness 6 December 5, 2015 2 N/A Mexico City, Mexico Strawweight debut.
Win 4–0 Diana Reyes TKO (punches) Urban Fighting League 5 February 28, 2015 2 3:28 Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico
Win 3–0 Paulette Reyes Hernandez TKO (punches) Maximum Cage Fighting VIP 5 October 18, 2014 3 3:03 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 2–0 Annely Jimenez Garcia Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Kombat 25 August 30, 2014 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 1–0 Lucy Moreno Murillo Decision (split) Gladiators Coliseum 10 March 30, 2014 3 5:00 León, Mexico Flyweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Montserrat Ruiz | UFC". 12 March 2021. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  3. ^ a b c "Montserrat 'Conejo' Ruiz, en busca de hacer historia para México en el UFC". ESTO. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Montserrat". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  5. ^ Bryan Tucker (December 15, 2018). "Invicta FC 33 Results: Frey vs. Grusander 2".
  6. ^ "Montserrat Ruiz busca hacer revolución en Invicta FC". MARCA Claro México (in Mexican Spanish). 20 November 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  7. ^ Bissell, Tim (31 July 2020). "Invicta FC 41 Results and Video: Montserrat Ruiz demolishes Janaisa Morandin". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  8. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (20 November 2020). "Invicta FC 43 loses main event due to COVID-19 precautions, Kayla Harrison debut moved to headliner". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ Mike Heck and Damon Martin (2021-03-12). "With Kay Hansen out, Cheyanne Buys now meets fellow newcomer Montserrat Ruiz at UFC Vegas 22". Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  10. ^ Anderson, Jay (20 March 2021). "UFC Vegas 22 Results: Short Notice, No Problem as Montserrat Ruiz Tops Cheyanne Buys". Cageside Press. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  11. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-05-06). "Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Ruiz toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 17 juli". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  12. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-07-17). "UFC Vegas 31 Results: Amanda Lemos Drops Montserrat Ruiz Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  13. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-09-07). "Mallory Martin vs. Montserrat Ruiz toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 4 december". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  14. ^ "With Montserrat Ruiz out, Cheyanne Buys steps in to face Mallory Martin at UFC on ESPN 31". MMA Junkie. 2021-11-16. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  15. ^ Arshad (2023-05-19). "Montserrat Ruiz Set to Return Against Jaqueline Amorim at UFC Vegas 78". Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  16. ^ Anderson, Jay (2023-08-12). "UFC Vegas 78: Jaqueline Amorim Dominates, Finishes Returning Montserrat Ruiz". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-08-13.
  17. ^ "Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Sept. 11-17)". MMA Junkie. 2023-09-18. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  18. ^ Staff (2023-11-03). "UFC Fight Night 231 weigh-in results: Three miss marks in Sao Paulo, two fights scrapped". Retrieved 2023-11-03.
  19. ^ Dewar, Val (2023-11-04). "UFC Sao Paulo: Weight-Misser Eduarda Moura Easily Bullies Montserrat Ruiz On Ground". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-11-05.
  20. ^ "Montserrat Ruiz". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

External links edit