He participated in "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" but did not make his official debut in the UFC until January 2013, winning Fight of the Night honors in a decision loss.
He began training judo when he was 5 years old and began incorporating karate at age 10.
His professional debut was a submission victory over Jorge Luis Bezerra at Predator FC in August 2006.
His grandfather is a black belt in judo.
He defeated Eddie Mendez on a UFC card that was headlined by heavyweight submission artist Fabricio Werdum.