Light heavyweight MMA fighter who has earned fame for his career in the UFC. In March 2019, he was named the #7 light heavyweight within the UFC's overall rankings, and won performance of the night at UFC 214 in July 2017.
He began his fighting career as an accomplished kickboxer before turning to MMA. He made his pro MMA debut in 2010.
He was named by MMAJunkie.com and Bloody Elbow as the 2017 breakout fighter of the year. He fought for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 220 where he lost to Daniel Cormier.
He was born in Switzerland to a Kurdish father and Swiss mother.
He befriended Alistair Overeem while visiting the Dutch Golden Glory gym as a kickboxing competitor.