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Paul holds a Professional MMA record of 5-2 after making quick work of Ed
Tomaselli with a TKO victory of 1:14 of the first round at The Warriors Cage 19.
Paul looks to add to his record as he prepares for Bellator 133 on February 13th
in his hometown at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.   This will be Paul's 3rd
fight with the Bellator MMA organization.  

He made his Pro debut for the Bellator Fighting Championship on March 5th,
2011. He was victorious over Jesus Castro of Hanford, CA via 1st Round TKO in
just 1:17. Writers were so impressed with this win that they awarded him with
Knockout of the Night and Quickest Win of the night

Paul had a MMA Amateur record of 5-1. Paul has proven to be a rising star in the
135lb Bantamweight division. He has fought on two Strikeforce Challengers
cards and was dominant in both.  He made it to the California Amateur State
Championship Semi Finals. He has incredible Jiu-Jitsu, and is improving his
Muay Thai skills. He also has dominant wrestling skills. Paul is extremely
disciplined in his MMA training and always gives his trainers 110%.  

Paul was born in Fresno, CA and was raised in Firebaugh, CA.  He began
wrestling at the age of 4 years old with the Firebaugh Wrestling Club under
Coach Bill Magnusson. During his age group competition, he won 11 State
Championships, Western Regional Freestyle Champion, and also a National
Championship.  His hard work and determination earned him a spot on the
California Cadet & Junior National Dual Team. In Middle School, he was a 4 time
Reno World placer, 1 time Champion and a NorCal TOC Champion. Paul
continued to wrestle at Firebaugh High School where he was a 2 time Sierra-
Sequoia Divisional Champion, 2 time Central Valley Masters Finalist. His Senior
year he was the Central Valley Masters Champion (Outstanding Wrestler). Paul
qualified for the CIF State Championships as a Sophmore and placed 7th. His
Junior year he was ranked #1 in California and had a record of 37-0 without
allowing a single offensive point against him.  Paul’s Senior year he qualified for
the CIF State Championships and was a Finalist, he placed 2nd.

Upon graduation in 2005, Paul received a full Athletic Scholarship to attend
Fresno State University for Wrestling.  He attended for one year until the
Wrestling program was shockingly cut. Paul then went on to wrestle at Fresno
City College for one season where he was a California Community College State
Placer.

Paul then began training at Pro Buhawe MMA Camp in Fresno where he met
head trainer Jasper Tayaba. He fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts and found a
new passion with the Muay Thai Camp and also began training in Jiu-Jitsu as
well.

To Paul, his family and close friends are what he values most. He and his
girlfriend, Danielle, welcomed their son, Paul Jr. in 2009. Paul is fiercely devoted
to and enjoys the daily duties of a father all the way down to changing diapers. He
thanks his Father David and Mother Kristy for all the great things that they have
done in raising him into the great man and Father he is today.
PAUL RUIZ

Fighting Out of: Fresno, CA
Association: Thrive MMA
Date of Birth: June 23, 1987
Age: 23
Fighting Style: Muay Thai,
Wrestling
Hometown: Firebaugh, CA
Division: Bantamweight
PRO Record: 5-2
AMATEUR Record: 5-1
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