Welterweight mixed martial artist who is famous for his time in the UFC. He rose in popularity for his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2, where he finished as a semi-finalist and the winner of both the fight and knockout of the season honors for his victory against Leonardo Santos.
He began training in kickboxing at age 13. He later turned pro in mixed martial arts in 2008.
He earned the performance of the night honors as a headliner of the July 2017 UFC Fight Night in his victory against Gunnar Nelson. He had previously taken place in the June 2015 UFC Fight Night's fight of the night.
He is of Sicilian descent.
He defeated Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night in December 2017.