He was named the WWE King of the Ring in 2002 subsequent to winning the 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling title. He joined the UFC in 2007.
He won the NCAA wrestling titles and amassed a 106-5 record in four years of wrestling, and was cut from the Minnesota Vikings amid the preseason.
He won the 2010 UFC Heavyweight Championship against Shane Carwin by means of accommodation with an arm triangle stifle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He severed his engagement with his fiancee Nicole, with whom he had a girl named Mya Lynn in 2002, keeping in mind the end goal to begin an association with kindred wrestler Rena Sable Mero, whom he wedded in May 2006. He and Rena have two kids, Duke and Turk.
He turned into the primary contender to beat The Undertaker in a WrestleMania coordinate on April 6, 2014.