He made his WEC debut in November 2010, later on signing up for the UFC when both companies merged and securing his first UFC triumph at UFC on Gas Television 3. He received his 1st pro bout by knockout at CXF: Uprising in Upland in 2008. At UFC: Battle for the Soldiers 3 in November 2013, he defeated George Roop by TKO. He was created in Whittier, California. He received his bout at UFC 156, a meeting headlined by Jose Aldo’s featherweight name defense against department newcomer Frankie Edgar.