Professional MMA fighter who is known for specializing in jujitsuka, combat sambist, and grappler. He is known for being signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he competes in the heavyweight division. His signature move is the Ezekiel choke.
He first began representing Russia on the Imperial Team in the M-1 Challenge in 2009. Shortly after, in 2011, he went on to train with K-Dojo Warrior Tribe where he participated in two grappling tournaments. In 2013, he signed a contract with the UFC and had his debut fight in June of 2014.
He is known for being the first fighter in UFC history to finish with an Ezekiel Choke. He was also awarded the WCMMA Heavyweight Championship in the World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts.
He was born and raised in the Ukrainian SSR in the Soviet Union. He is married with five children.
He has defeated several MMA fighters throughout his career including Travis Browne, Anthony Hamilton, and Jeff Monson.