Jiu-Jitsu trained fighter won the Superior Challenge Middleweight title on April 30, 2011.
He won his first MMA bout with an arm-triangle choke on November 23, 2003.
He earned his first UFC Submission of the Night award against Ryan Jensen at UFC 74.
He welcomed his daughter, Valentina, into the world in July 2009.
He unsuccessfully challenged Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight championship on April 18, 2009.