Wrestling-focused UFC fighter who started his career at heavyweight. He transitioned to light heavyweight in 2014 and took home the light heavyweight title in 2015.
He was an NCAA Division I Freestyle wrestler at Oklahoma State University - Stillwater.
He was the team captain of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 2008.
His daughter Kaedyn was tragically killed in a car accident in 2003. In June 2017, he married Salina, with whom he has a son named Daniel Jr. and a daughter named Marquita.
He reached a 12-0 professional record when he defeated Frank Mir on April 20, 2013.