Lightweight gold medalist at the World Sambo Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2012 who signed with the U.S.-based Bellator MMA.
His first fight, which was with a promotion called Zst 7, was ruled a draw.
He bested Zokir Poechev by TKO at Oplot Challenge 98.
He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.
He won lightweight gold at the 2007 World Sambo Championships; Pride FC heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko took gold at heavyweight.