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Marcio Cruz “Pe de Pano”

Marcio Cruz, also known by his nickname “Pe de Pano” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, being unanimously considered one of the best to have ever competed in the sport. Mario Cruz was one of the biggest stars of the Gracie Barra Academy in the early 2000’s, having conquered numerous titles being his biggest achievements the two open weight black belt world championships in 2002 and 2003. Pe de Pano fought also in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) having reached the pinnacle of the sport by competing in the UFC. Originally from Brazil, Marcio Cruz moved to the United States where made a career as a jiu jitsu instructor.

Marcio Cruz Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Márcio Ribeiro da Cruz

Nickname: The name Pé de Pano is what Sugarfoot, the character from the 80´s cartoon show “Woody the Woodpecker”, is called in Brazil. Márcio Cruz was called this due to his lanky and somewhat clumsy nature, specially as a teenager.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Marcio Cruz

Main Achievements (BJJ/Grappling):

  • ADCC Champion (2003)
  • World Champion (1999 purple, 2000 weight & absolute brown, 2002 weight & absolute, 2003 absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (1999 weigh & absolute blue, 2003 weight & absolute, 2005 weight & absolute)
  • Brazilian Champion (1998 blue, 2000 weight & absolute, 2001)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (1999 brown, 2001 absolute)
  • World Bronze Medallist (1998 blue, 2001 weight & absolute, 2012)

Favorite Technique: Triangle Choke

Weight Division: Super-heavy Weight

Team/Association: Gracie Elite Team (Formerly Gracie Barra)

Marcio Cruz “Pe de Pano” Biography

Marcio Cruz was born on the 24th of April, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training Martial Arts at the age of 12, with a short run at Karate in a dojo close to were he lived. Pe de Pano lived part of his early teenage years at his grandfathers house, a time when he was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by a friend. Although he loved the sport straight away, there was no jiu jitsu academy were he lived, as such he joined a Judo club while he couldn’t find a BJJ academy nearby.

It was in 1996, when Marcio was 17, that jiu jitsu became a part of Marcio Cruz’  life. In Brazil if you want to become a professional jiu jitsu competitor (which Pe de Pano wanted with all his heart) 17 is an old age to start off your career as a white belt, however, Marcio had his goals set and he trained harder then anyone else at the gym, putting all his spare time on the mats.

All that work combined with the raw talent running through Marcio’s veins, helped him achieve success very fast winning his first major title, the Pan American Championship in 1999 as a blue belt, followed by a World Championship in the same year this time in the Purple Belt Division. His amazing run didn’t stop here, and Pe de Pano went on to win the Brazilian National Championship as a Brown Belt in the end of that year, making this path to black belt one of the fastest ever recorded (Marcio Cruz received his black belt in 2001).

In 2001 Marcio Cruz won the World Championships at his weight and the absolute divisions, submitting everyone on his path, being given his black belt there and then by “Carlinhos” Gracie. On that same year Marcio won the  Brazilian Nationals again in his weight and absolute divisions, this time as a black belt.

Marcio Cruz has never been known to be a man that keeps his thoughts to himself. Cocky and somewhat arrogant he is one of those fighters you either love or hate and his antics against Jeff Monson, Terere and many others are well documented and have been the subject of heated forum discussions throughout the internet. Although his attitude might have been questioned by some, no one can deny he is one of the most gifted fighters the BJJ world has ever produced. Even though he may not look like the stereotypical fighter with the cauliflower ears, broad back and tattoos, his deceiving physique and his guard is game have made him a true master of the art and a delight to watch by any BJJ lover.

Marcio Cruz Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
35
7
#86e620
Triangle
20
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
2
#d1212a
Choke
10
2
#fad11b
Knee ride
5
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
5
1
#224aba
Guillotine
5
1
#ff9124
Knee on belly
5
1
#bf1f6c
Mata leao
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Footlock
20
1
#86e620
Calf slicer
20
1
#5AD3D1
Flying armbar
20
1
#d1212a
Triangle
20
1
#fad11b
Submission
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcio Cruz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
440Sean AlvarezLPenADCCO100kg1/4 final2001
448JJ MachadoJJ MachadoLFootlockADCCAbsolute1/4 final2001
455Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 6x5BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2001
462Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2001
482Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2001
612Dean ListerDean ListerLPts: 3x0ADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2003
614Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPts: 6x0ADCCAbsolute3rd place2003
855Gabriel NapaoLCalf slicerADCCO99kgSemi f.2005
1018Gabriel GonzagaLPointsWorld CupO100kgFinal2006
1179Rolles GracieRolles GracieLPointsADCCO99kgSemi f.2007
1540Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLFlying armbarADCCU99kg1/4 final2009
1830Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLTriangleWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2010
2114Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2011
2657Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 12x4World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
2897Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2012
439Van ArsdaleWKneebarADCCO100kgRd 12001
444Roberto TravenRoberto TravenWPointsADCCAbsoluteRounds2001
535Felipe PederneirasWChokeWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2002
536Luiz GuilhermeLuiz GuilhermeWKnee rideWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2002
538Marcus ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2002
539Roger CoelhoRoger CoelhoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2002
540Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2002
543Alex MonsalveWKneebarTeam NationalsO88kg1/4 final2003
595Mike WhiteheadWPointsADCCO99kgRd 12003
597Jeff MonsonWPointsADCCO99kg1/4 final2003
599Alex NegaoWGuillotineADCCO99kgSemi f.2003
601Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPointsADCCO99kgFinal2003
602Ilir LafitiWPointsADCCAbsoluteRd 12003
608Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 6x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 final2003
616Beto FerreiraWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12003
618Leo. MontenegroWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22003
622Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPts: 7x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2003
623Roger GracieRoger GracieWPts: 3x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2003
676Robert HandleyWPts: 15x0Pan AmericanO100kgSuperfight2003
690Thiago CruzWArmbarPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2003
692Todd MargolisWKnee on bellyPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2003
695Joao SilvaWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2003
697Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2003
730Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRefree DecisionBest FightersAbsoluteSuperfight2004
805Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2005
847Miodrag PetkovicWMata leaoADCCO99kgRd 12005
852Daniel SimoesDaniel SimoesWPts: 2x0ADCCO99kg1/4 final2005
1176J. PietlainenWArmbarADCCO99kgRd 12007
1177Marcos OliveiraWPointsADCCO99kg1/4 final2007
1180Darren AndyWPointsADCCO99kg3rd Place2007
1535Anthony PeroshAnthony PeroshWPointsADCCU99kgRd 12009
2063Tom FlorenceWTriangleWorld Champ.O100kgRounds2011
2097Pega LeveWChokeWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2011
2647Daniel RichardsWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
2888Stephen HallWN/AWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22012
2894Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWTriangleWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2012
3537R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPenPro LeagueO94kgSemi f.2013
3539Gustavo PiresWArmbarPro LeagueO94kgFinal2013

Pe de Pano vs Terere (Brazilian Nationals 2001)

Pe de Pano vs Jerre Norton (Mayhem Submision Fighting 2009)

 

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8 Comments

  • Nightwing says:

    All I got to say Im proud to train under Pe-De-Pano For BJJ!!!

  • Dave quick says:

    Marcio is not only in the top three of all time, he is number 1 when it comes to instructing!

    I earned my Purple belt under him, and lets just say each lesson was a break thru!

  • JJParrilla says:

    You know life is funny there was a rivalry between the two but the respect was always there.It's just a shame that Terere chose a diffrent path.Master Cruz is far better in technical areas where Terere was just raw hunger from the favela. Talent is talent but hands down to Marcio Cruz on Style.

  • Nikolay says:

    Hey, Andre, Pe de Pano was born in 1978 not in 1984.

  • admin says:

    yep, you are right Nikolay. Dunno what happened there. Thanks for the head's up

    André

  • dagoberto badilla m says:

    hola amigo me gustaria invitarlo a mi academia que estoy abriendo proximamente si tiene gusto de venir aqui lo recibimos con gusto gracias….

  • luis pena says:

    I live in tampa and i dont know who would be a better technical guy to study under marcio pe de pano cruz or robson moura please help ???????????????????

    • Alonso says:

      Marcio teaches every class. I've heard Robson teaches but not every class like marcio does. Marcio also rolls with us quite often and his instruction is top notch.

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