He fought in Bellator before getting invited to join the UFC; he made his UFC debut December 3, 2011, winning by TKO at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
He began wrestling when he was 5 years old.
His UFC Fight Night 39 bout against Rani Yahya was ruled a no-contest due to an accidental clash of heads that prevented the fight from continuing.
He was born in Woodville, Ohio.
He fought in the The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, which was headlined by Roy Nelson.