UFC middleweight gained the limelight as a competition on THE BEST Fighter: Group Nogueira vs. Group Mir. He was a three-time NCAA wrestling champ at the College or university of Central Florida. He earned his 9th bout using a guillotine choke against Michael Kuiper on Apr 6, 2013. He dropped his sister to a fatal car crash in 2001. He experienced a reduction to Chris Weidman by method of technical distribution at UFC 139.