Iranian freestyle wrestler who gained worldwide fame for finishing at the bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the 96 kg division. He won his first World Championship in 1998 in the 85 kg weight division, and later retired in 2006.
He made his major tournament debut in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Tehran Wrestling World Cup. He started in the 82 kg weight division.
He was named the 1999 National Sportsman of the Year in his home country of Iran. He won his seventh Asian championship title in 2006 at that year's Asian Games.
He was originally born and raised in Malayer, Iran.
He defeated Daniel Cormier in the bronze medal match at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.