Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
8
#86e620
Triangle
21
5
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Knee ride
4
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
4
1
#bf1f6c
Knee on belly
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Footlock
17
1
#86e620
Calf slicer
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
Flying armbar
17
1
#fad11b
Triangle
17
1
#f58822
Submission
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcio Cruz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
538Sean AlvarezLPenADCCO99KG1/4F2001
552JJ MachadoJJ MachadoLFootlockADCCABS1/4F2001
562Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 6x5BrasileiroABSF2001
591Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2001
812Dean ListerDean ListerLPts: 3x0ADCCABSSF2003
814Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPts: 6x0ADCCABS3PLC2003
1187Gabriel NapaoLCalf slicerADCCO99KGSF2005
1296Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLArmbarYamasaki CupABSSPF2005
1442Gabriel GonzagaLPointsWorld CupO100KGF2006
1484Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1681Rolles GracieRolles GracieLPointsADCCO99KGSF2007
2215Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLFlying armbarADCC99KG1/4F2009
2655Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
3035Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
3745Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 12x4World Champ.ABSR22012
3989Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
7151Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionUFC ExpoABSSPF2015
536Van ArsdaleWKneebarADCCO99KGR12001
544Ricco RodriguezRicco RodriguezWArmbarADCCO99KG3RD2001
548Roberto TravenRoberto TravenWPointsADCCABSR12001
561Carlos AlbertoWN/ABrasileiroO100KGF2001
568Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2001
673UnknownWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2002
675Felipe PederneirasWChokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2002
676Luiz GuilhermeLuiz GuilhermeWKnee rideWorld Champ.O100KGF2002
679Marcus ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12002
687Roger CoelhoRoger CoelhoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2002
690Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2002
691Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2002
707Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 10x2Team NationalsO88KGF2002
729Alex MonsalveWKneebarTeam NationalsO88KG1/4F2003
744Rodrigo ArtilheiroWRNCADCC TrialsO99KGSF2003
745Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWN/AADCC TrialsO99KGF2003
795Mike WhiteheadWPointsADCCO99KGR12003
797Jeff MonsonWPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2003
799Alex NegaoWGuillotineADCCO99KGSF2003
801Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPointsADCCO99KGF2003
802Ilir LafitiWPointsADCCABSR12003
808Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2003
824Beto FerreiraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12003
826Leo. MontenegroWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22003
830Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPts: 7x0World Champ.ABSSF2003
831Roger GracieRoger GracieWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSF2003
888Robert HandleyWPts: 15x0Brazil vs USAO100KGSPF2003
903Thiago CruzWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGSF2003
905Todd MargolisWKnee on bellyPan AmericanABS1/4F2003
908Joao SilvaWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2003
910Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWArmbarPan AmericanABSF2003
1004Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionBest FightersABSSPF2004
1118Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2005
1178Miodrag PetkovicWRNCADCCO99KGR12005
1184Daniel SimoesDaniel SimoesWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2005
1481UnknownWChokeTeam NationalsO88KG1/4F2006
1678J. PietlainenWArmbarADCCO99KGR12007
1679Marcos OliveiraWPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2007
1682Darren AndyWPointsADCCO99KG3PLC2007
2210Anthony PeroshAnthony PeroshWPointsADCC99KGR12009
2984Tom FlorenceWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRDS2011
3018Pega LeveWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2011
3735Daniel RichardsWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3980Stephen HallWN/AWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
3986Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
4901R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPenIBJJF Pro LeagueO94KGSF2013
4903Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO94KGF2013

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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