He fought in the UFC in 2012 and later on that 12 months became the Pinnacle Fight lightweight champion, being successful a unanimous decision against Brian Geraghty. He received his 1st pro bout at MKOTR 40 – Midwest Ruler of the Band 40. He received a split-decision against Donnie Bell at Bellator CXIII in March 2014. He was created in East Moline, Illinois. He dropped a choice to Jason Youthful at UFC on Gas TV 2.