Marco Antônio de Lima Ruas (born January 23, 1961) is a former mixed 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. Some would regard him as one of the earliest pioneers of the now established MMA world of a complete fighter - being able to strike, takedown and finish with submissions. His short fighting career was likely due to his age and it might have been the case that if he had been a younger man and caught American MMA at the height of its popularity he may well have proved to be a much more impactive fighter. He also used to train capoeira with renowned Mestre Camisa in Rio de Janeiro at the Santa Luzia club, downtown Rio.
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 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.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Loss||Maurice Smith||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||IFL - Chicago||05/19/2007||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||07/16/1999||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||09:09|
|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|
|Win||Steve Jennum||Submission (Strikes)||WVC 1 - World Vale Tudo Championship 1||8/14/1996||1||1:44|
|Loss||Oleg Taktarov||Decision||UFC - Ultimate Ultimate 1995||12/16/1995||1||18:00|
|Win||Keith Hackney||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC - Ultimate Ultimate 1995||12/16/1995||1||2:39|
|Win||Paul Varelans||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 7 - The Brawl in Buffalo||9/8/1995||1||13:17||Won UFC 7 Tournament|
|Win||Remco Pardoel||Submission (Position)||UFC 7 - The Brawl in Buffalo||9/8/1995||1||12:27|
|Win||Larry Cureton||Submission (Heel Hook)||UFC 7 - The Brawl in Buffalo||9/8/1995||1||3:23|
|Draw||Fernando Pinduka||Draw||JJ vs MA - Jiu-Jitsu vs Martial Arts||11/30/1984||1||20:00|