Jiu-Jitsu expert was the 2007 Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Champion and the first Sengoku Middleweight Champion.
He began his MMA career with a 3-0 record from 2002 to 2003.
He earned Fight of the Year honors from Sherdog and Inside MMA in 2010.
He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He knocked out Justin Levens with knee strikes and punches at UFC Ultimate Fight Night Five.