Tiki started his MMA career in high school when he discovered Muay Thai Kickboxing as a form of cross training for football, while attending Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California where he played defensive back on the undefeated National Championship team in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Tiki made the bold decision to pursue MMA and leave football behind.
Tiki is an experienced MMA fighter, being a veteran of the UFC, Strikeforce, WFA, King of the Cage and the WEC. Tiki is one of the three original members of Team Punishment, which included Tito Ortiz and Rob McCullough. He is also a training/sparring partner of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Tiki was a featured coach on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights.
Tiki was one of the four original MMA fighters managed by UFC President Dana White, prior to Dana becoming owner and president of the UFC. Dana and Tiki remain longtime friends. Tiki has been fighting and training mixed martial arts for 16 years. He is the founder and CEO of The Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center . HBUTC was California's first real mixed martial arts training center. HBUTC opened on January 1, 2001 and is still thriving today. Tiki has received accolades for his fitness and training techniques and has featured training videos on TapoutVTC.com. Tiki has also trained, sparred, coached and cornered the likes of Michael Bisping, BJ Penn, Rob McCullough, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Jason Miller, Ricco Rodriguez, and Ken Shamrock