Light-weight and featherweight fighter who made his professional debut about January 25, 2008, being successful by submission against Jake Corry. He went to Elmhurst University, where he was a Department III All-American within the wrestling group. He produced his UFC debut on June 26, 2011, defeating Matt Grice via TKO. He was created and elevated in Chicago, Illinois. On Feb 1, 2014, he fought Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Tournament, but lost with a unanimous decision.