Sportsman extraordinaire who tried out for the NFL, boxed professionally, wrestled in the WWE, and fought in UFC events.
He began learning tae kwan do at age 10 from watching his heroes in films such as Enter the Dragon and The Last Dragon.
He boxed from 1998 to 2003, gathering 8 wins against three losses, then in 2005 entered kickboxing and in 2006 MMA, where he was less successful.
He grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Croatian Mirko Filipovic similarly went from kickboxing to MMA, but found considerably more success.