He earned Knockout of the Night at UFC on Versus 3 against Thiago Tavares and Submission of the Night at WEC 53 versus Jamie Varner.
He competed in baseball, football, and wrestling at Bixby High School in Oklahoma.
He was a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University.
He has three brothers, and they all grew up together in Bixby, Oklahoma.
He won a decision over John Alessio at UFC 148.