Known for extreme weight-cutting that enables him to be larger than his opponents, he made his UFC debut at UFC 65 in November 2006.
He began training MMA when he was 13 years old.
He scored a Submission of the Night victory over Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 130.
He was born in Tibau, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
He won a split-decision against Jamie Varner at UFC 164 in 2013.