Greco-Roman wrestler who became a mixed martial artist, winning the Bellator featherweight title and also competing in DREAM.
He wrestled at East Kentwood High School and the University of Michigan.
He won Greco-Roman wrestling gold at the 2006 World Championships, the 2006 Pan American Championships, and the 2007 World Cup, all at 60 kilograms.
He married Christy Warren. He and Christy welcomed a son in 2008 and a daughter in 2010.
When transitioning to MMA in 2008, he began training with Team Quest, a gym founded by former UFC, Strikeforce, and Pride champion Dan Henderson.