Known for his aggressive Muay Thai attack, he made his UFC debut in 2010 at UFC 123, defeating Mike Lullo by TKO with a barrage of leg kicks.
He moved from Brazil to the United States in 2009.
His wheel kick KO of Terry Etim earned him UFC Knockout of the Year honors in 2012.
He was born in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He lost to Jamie Varner at UFC 146.