3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt held the KOTC Lightweight Championship from 2001 to 2003.
He was a collegiate wrestler at Mt. San Antonio College before winning his MMA debut in 1998.
His 2009 fight with a torn ACL was named the Most Inspirational Performance of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.
He has two daughters, Railey and Raifa, with his wife Rose Gracie.
He defeated Jens Pulver with an armbar submission at WEC 47 on March 6, 2010.