3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu dark belt identified for fighting using the UFC and Strikeforce. He became an American resident after as an exchange pupil from Brazil in senior high school. He gained UFC Combat of the night time honors at UFC 91 and UFC 73. He wedded fellow fighter Zoila Frausto on Feb 19, 2011. He was knocked out by punches from KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Houston this year 2010.