Martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert who has claimed numerous championship titles since he was awarded his black belt from Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2004.
He was nine when he was first introduced to martial arts, specifically the discipline Judo. After his instructors untimely death, however, he took a break from the sport until he began training at the Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy six years later.
He has earned the nickname Carcará, a bird native to his hometown and also the name of a gi brand he wore that has been discontinued.
His younger brother, Victor, is also a skilled martial artist.
Since a canceled fight in 2012, he and fellow martial artist Nick Diaz have had a rivalry.