3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu dark belt kept the KOTC Light-weight Tournament from 2001 to 2003. He was a collegiate wrestler at Mt. San Antonio University before earning his MMA debut in 1998. His 2009 combat with a torn ACL was called one of the most Inspirational Performance from the 10 years by Sports activities Illustrated. He provides two daughters, Railey and Raifa, along with his wife Rose Gracie. He defeated Jens Pulver with an armbar distribution at WEC 47 on March 6, 2010.