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Marcio Cruz “Pe de Pano”
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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

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
35
8
#86e620
Triangle
22
5
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
2
#fad11b
Knee ride
4
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
4
1
#224aba
Guillotine
4
1
#ff9124
Knee on belly
4
1
#bf1f6c
Mata leao
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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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
503Sean AlvarezLPenADCCO99KG1/4F2001
516JJ MachadoJJ MachadoLFootlockADCCABS1/4F2001
526Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 6x5BrasileiroABSF2001
555Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2001
746Dean ListerDean ListerLPts: 3x0ADCCABSSF2003
748Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPts: 6x0ADCCABS3PLC2003
1048Gabriel NapaoLCalf slicerADCCO99KGSF2005
1154Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLArmbarYamasaki CupABSSUPERF2005
1255Gabriel GonzagaLPointsWorld CupO100KGF2006
1297Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1468Rolles GracieRolles GracieLPointsADCCO99KGSF2007
1876Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLFlying armbarADCC99KG1/4F2009
2171Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2010
2466Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
3026Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 12x4World Champ.ABSRD22012
3269Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
501Van ArsdaleWKneebarADCCO99KGRD12001
508Ricco RodriguezWArmbarADCCO99KG3PLC2001
512Roberto TravenRoberto TravenWPointsADCCABSRDS2001
525Carlos AlbertoWN/ABrasileiroO100KGF2001
532Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2001
628UnknownWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2002
630Felipe PederneirasWChokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2002
631Luiz GuilhermeLuiz GuilhermeWKnee rideWorld Champ.O100KGF2002
634Marcus ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12002
642Roger CoelhoRoger CoelhoWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2002
645Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2002
646Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2002
658Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 10x2Team NationalsO88KGF2002
674Alex MonsalveWKneebarTeam NationalsO88KG1/4F2003
729Mike WhiteheadWPointsADCCO99KGRD12003
731Jeff MonsonWPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2003
733Alex NegaoWGuillotineADCCO99KGSF2003
735Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPointsADCCO99KGF2003
736Ilir LafitiWPointsADCCABSRD12003
742Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2003
750Beto FerreiraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12003
752Leo. MontenegroWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22003
756Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPts: 7x0World Champ.ABSSF2003
757Roger GracieRoger GracieWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSF2003
810Robert HandleyWPts: 15x0Brazil vs USAO100KGSUPERF2003
825Thiago CruzWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGSF2003
827Todd MargolisWKnee on bellyPan AmericanABS1/4F2003
830Joao SilvaWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2003
832Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWArmbarPan AmericanABSF2003
902Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionBest FightersABSSUPERF2004
986Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2005
1040Miodrag PetkovicWMata leaoADCCO99KGRD12005
1045Daniel SimoesDaniel SimoesWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2005
1294UnknownWChokeTeam NationalsO88KG1/4F2006
1465J. PietlainenWArmbarADCCO99KGRD12007
1466Marcos OliveiraWPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2007
1469Darren AndyWPointsADCCO99KG3PLC2007
1871Anthony PeroshAnthony PeroshWPointsADCC99KGRD12009
2415Tom FlorenceWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGRDS2011
2449Pega LeveWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2011
3016Daniel RichardsWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3260Stephen HallWN/AWorld Champ.O100KGRD22012
3266Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3980R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPenPro LeagueO94KGSF2013
3982Gustavo PiresWArmbarPro 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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