UFC middleweight gained the spotlight as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
He was a three-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Central Florida.
He won his 9th bout with a guillotine choke against Michael Kuiper on April 6, 2013.
He lost his sister to a fatal car accident in 2001.
He suffered a loss to Chris Weidman by way of technical submission at UFC 139.