Lightweight and featherweight fighter who made his professional debut on January 25, 2008, winning by submission against Jake Corry.
He attended Elmhurst College, where he was a Division III All-American on the wrestling team.
He made his UFC debut on June 26, 2011, beating Matt Grice via TKO.
He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
On February 1, 2014, he fought Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship, but lost via a unanimous decision.