Bantamweight who rose to widespread fame for his Cage Fury Fighting Championships career between 2011-2014. He ended his career there as the CFFC bantamweight champ before signing with the UFC in 2014.
He wrestled collegiately for SUNY-Cortland. He finished his career there as a two-time Division III All-American.
He made his UFC debut at UFC 170 in February 2014. He finished 2017 as the UFC's #7 ranked bantamweight.
He grew up with 19 siblings; 14 sisters and 5 brothers.
He first became interested in mixed martial arts upon meeting Jon Jones while both were students at Morrisville State College.