A member of Black House MMA, with training partners such as Rafael dos Anjos, Fabricio Camoes, Thales Leites, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ,Rafael Cavalcante, Andre Galvao, Lyoto Machida, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Anderson Silva, and Eduardo Pamplona.
Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, became the first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger. He is a former two-time UFC Featherweight Champion. He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year.
Has black belts in Luta Livre and Brazilian Jiu-JItsu.