Like an alpha predator strolling through a herd of unsuspecting dinner, stud wrestler Ed Ruth has been learning how to do MMA in the Bellator cage.

Literally. The dude’s pro debut was at Bellator 163. Since then, Ruth has been destroying tomato cans left and right, while gradually bringing his weight down from light-heavyweight to almost welterweight.

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On the undercard of Bellator 201, it was all about Ruth taking on – and taking out – Andy Murad, a veteran fighter so far below Ruth’s level it was like Murad was a Morlock who normally lives underground.

For nearly two full rounds Murad ate punches. On the feet, it was courtesy of Ruth’s one-two combos that repeatedly knocked his head back; on the ground, it was while on all fours as Ruth hammered away.


In the opening minutes of Round 2, Murad did manage to kick at his opponent’s legs, but if anything, that happened because Ruth allowed it. The well-credentialed wrestling was toying with his prey before devouring him.

The ending sequence came when Ruth began to connect with his punches at will, and Murad did nothing but stumble around.


Results: Ed Ruth def. Andy Murad via TKO (Punches) at 4:59, R2