Ed Ruth concluded his collegiate wrestling career at Penn State in March 2014. Ruth finished 3rd as a freshman, before becoming a three time National Champion. Along the way, Ruth amassed an impressive 84-match winning streak. He is currently ranked number 2 at 189 pounds in the United States.
The four-time All-American signed a contract to compete in Bellator MMA in May, 2015. The former Penn State standout had talked to several promotions as he trains for the 2016 Olympics, but decided on Bellator in large part because of his rapport with president Scott Coker.
Due to his focus on competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Ruth declared that it would "be a little while" before his MMA debut.
In April at the Olympic trials, Ruth was defeated by Keith Gavin in the quarterfinals which brought his Olympic goals to an end. Just one day later, the four-time All-American announced via Twitter that it was time to "pursue new disciplines."
Ruth made his professional MMA debut in November 2016 on the undercard of Bellator 163 against Dustin Collins-Miles, fighting in the middleweight division. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.