Marco Ruas

"The King of the Streets" as he was known, was one of the first fighters with real vale tudo experience to enter the UFC. Trained in Luta Livre, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Osvaldo Alves, and Capoeira under Meistre Camisa. He was also one of the first men to ever receive a promotional push from the UFC before making his debut. His appearance was teased in an interview at UFC 6 where he talked about his inclusion in the next tournament. Ruas' actual MMA career is something of a mixed bag. He won the UFC 7 tournament, but lost to Oleg Taktarov at the Ultimate Ultimate 95. He then moved on to World Vale Tudo and Pride to decent, but not especially exceptional results. While he owns wins over Pat Smith and Gary Goodridge he also came up empty in two tries against Maurice Smith and Oleg Taktarov. He retired for five years after defeating Jason Lambert at Ultimate Pankration 1, but would return to fighting briefly as a coach of the IFL's Southern California Condor's fighting opposing Coach Maurice Smith. Since the folding of the IFL he has not returned to active competition. In his post MMA career he is the owner and head instructor of Ruas Vale Tudo gym and clothing company in Aliso Viejo, California. There he promotes his hybrid style of submission grappling and Kickboxing. The gym has produced the notable UFC title challenger Pedro Rizzo as well as several UFC and IFL veterans.

Fighter Stats

Nickname "The King of the Streets"
Height 6' 1"
Weight 210 lbs.
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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