Welterweight gained country wide popularity for competing on THE BEST Fighter 6. He locked his challenger in a distribution to earn his first-ever MMA match in 2003. He secured a five-fight earn streak between Oct 2004 and June 2006. He wedded his longtime partner Cathy on November 20, 2009. He dropped to Shamar Bailey by unanimous judges decision at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.