He fought in Bellator before getting invited to become listed on the UFC; he produced his UFC debut Dec 3, 2011, earning by TKO at THE BEST Fighter 14 Finale. He started wrestling when he was 5 years of age. His UFC Combat Evening 39 bout against Rani Yahya was ruled a no-contest because of an unintentional clash of minds that avoided the combat from carrying on. He was created in Woodville, Ohio. He fought in the THE BEST Fighter 16 Finale, that was headlined by Roy Nelson.