Márcio "Pé de Pano" Cruz is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. In BJJ, he is a third degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.. His nickname "Pé de Pano" was given to him by his friends at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio and is the Portuguese version of the name of Woody Woodpecker's horse, SugarFoot.
As a professional MMA fighter, Cruz has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, defeating former champion Frank Mir by TKO at UFC 57. He also holds a win over Keigo Kunihara at UFC 55. He lost a split decision to Jeff Monson, whom he had previously defeated twice in grappling tournaments, at UFC 59. Cruz' second MMA loss was to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 66, in December 2006, by first round knockout. On June 2007 in the IFL he defeated Rafael Feijao by disqualification when Feijao used an illegal kick 18 seconds before the end of the 3rd and final round.
In June 2008 Cruz defeated Mu Bae Choi at Sengoku 3 via submission (triangle armbar). In April 2009 he defeated UFC veteran Dan Christison by unanimous decision. Cruz says that his MMA career has just started, and now he is looking to go to the light heavy weight division.
Cruz is a 6-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, 8-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American Champion and the 2003 ADCC World Champion. People he has defeated include Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Van Arsdale, Roger Gracie, Gabriel Gonzaga, Paulo Filho, Fabricio Werdum, Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando "Terere" Augusto and Fernado "Margarida" Pontes. Since he started his mixed martial arts career, he has been training MMA with Roberto “Gordo” Correa and he fights under the Gracie Fusion team. His last fight was in August 22, 2009, in which he beat Tom Sauer via TKO in the second round. With this victory he won the World Fighting Organization heavyweight belt.
Currently Marcio Cruz runs a Brazilian-Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lutz, Florida.
|Dave Yost||Art of Fighting 7||4/3/2010|
|Win||6-2||Tom Sauer||TKO (Strikes)||Art of Fighting 4||8/22/2009||2||3:43||Won the WFO Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||5-2||Dan Christison||Decision (Unanimous)||ICF: Breakout||4/11/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||4-2||Choi Mu Bae||Submission (Triangle Armbar)||Sengoku 3||6/08/2008||1||4:37|
|Win||3-2||Rafael Feijao||DQ (Illegal kick)||IFL: Las Vegas||6/16/2007||3||3:42|
|Loss||2-2||Andrei Arlovski||KO (Punches)||UFC 66: Liddell vs Ortiz||12/30/2006||1||3:15|
|Loss||2-1||Jeff Monson||Decision (Split)||UFC 59: Reality Check||4/15/2006||3||5:00|
|Win||2-0||Frank Mir||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3||2/4/2006||1||4:10|
|Win||1-0||Keigo Kunihara||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 55: Fury||10/7/2005||2||1:02|