EliteXC middleweight champ known for his incredible punching power who returned towards the UFC in 2013 and was named the Return Fighter of the entire year by Sherdog. He was a linebacker and all-state wrestler at Bettendorf SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Iowa. He received a split-decision against Rory MacDonald at UFC 167. He was created in NORTH PARK, California and was raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. He obtained a Knockout of the night time against the brash Josh Koscheck at UFC 157.