3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt recognized for fighting with the UFC and Strikeforce.
He became an American citizen after being an exchange student from Brazil in high school.
He earned UFC Fight of the Night honors at UFC 91 and UFC 73.
He married fellow fighter Zoila Frausto on February 19, 2011.
He was knocked out by punches from KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Houston in 2010.