|Nickname||The King of the Streets|
|Association||Ruas Vale Tudo|
|Height||6' 1" (186cm)|
|Style||Luta Livre, Ruas Vale Tudo|
|Birth Date||January 23, 1961|
|Fighting Out Of||Rio De Janeiro, Brazil|
|Marco Ruas Pictures||Official Website|
Marco Antônio de Lima Ruas is a Brazilian mixed martial artist 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 (UFC) 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. 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 not being able to continue due to an injury in his knee.
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 (IFL) before the organization's collapse.
|Record||8 - 4 - 2 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Maurice Smith||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||IFL: Chicago||5/19/2007||4||3:43|
|Win||Jason Lambert||Submission (Heel Hook)||UP 1: Ultimate Pankration 1||11/11/2001||1||0:56|
|Loss||Maurice Smith||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||UFC 21: Return of the Champions||7/16/1999||1||5:00|
|Loss||Alexander Otsuka||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||PRIDE 4||10/11/1998||2||10:00|
|Win||Gary Goodridge||Submission (Heel Hook)||PRIDE 2||3/15/1998||1||9:09|
|Win||Patrick Smith||Submission (Heel Hook)||WVC 4: World Vale Tudo Championship 4||3/16/1997||1||0:39|
|Draw||Oleg Taktarov||Draw||WVC 2: World Vale Tudo Championship 2||11/10/1996||1||31:12||Though a Draw, Ruas was still awarded WVC Super Fight Title|
|Win||Steve Jennum||Submission (Punches)||WVC 1: World Vale Tudo Championship 1||8/14/1996||1||1:44|
|Loss||Oleg Taktarov||Decision||UU 95: Ultimate Ultimate 1995||12/16/1995||1||18:00|
|Win||Keith Hackney||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UU 95: Ultimate Ultimate 1995||12/16/1995||1||2:39|
|Win||Paul Varelans||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo||9/08/1995||1||13:17||Won UFC 7 Tournament|
|Win||Remco Pardoel||Submission (Position)||UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo||9/08/1995||1||12:27|
|Win||Larry Cureton||Submission (Heel Hook)||UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo||9/08/1995||1||3:23|
|Draw||Fernando Pinduka||Draw||JJ vs MA: Jiu-Jitsu vs Martial Arts||11/30/1984||1||20:00|
Titles and Accomplishments
- UFC 7 Champion
- WVC 1 Superfight Champion
- 3 Time Brazilian Muay Thai Champion
- Coached & Competed in the IFL Team the Southern Califorina Condors
Ruas is married and has three daughters.