Charlie Brenneman

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Charlie Brenneman
Born Charles Brenneman
(1981-02-09) February 9, 1981 (age 37)
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nickname(s) The Spaniard
Residence East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight (current)
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[1]
Style Freestyle
Fighting out of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Team AMA Fight Club
Trainer Mike Constantino
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Wrestling NCAA Div I wrestler[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 19
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 9
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Charles "Charlie" Brenneman (born February 9, 1981) is a former American mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their Lightweight division. He was also the winner of the first season of the television show Pros vs Joes.


Brenneman was born to Charles and Marie Brenneman in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the youngest of the four Brenneman children. He wrestled throughout his elementary and high school career. Upon graduating from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 1999, Brenneman attended Lock Haven University,[3] where he continued wrestling and finished his collegiate wrestling career with a Top-12 finish at Nationals.

Brenneman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Spanish from Lock Haven University, and returned to his hometown to teach Spanish at his former high school for three years, which is where his nickname 'the Spaniard' came from.[4] He continued his education, earning his Master of Arts from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in Sports Management. It was during the first season of the Pros vs Joes game show when he first received national public attention. He was unexpectedly cast after submitting his application to participate in the reality game show, but he won the competition alongside his older brother Ben.[5] Following his victory on the Pros vs. Joes show, Brenneman resigned from his high school teaching job to pursue a mixed martial arts fighting career.

Fighting career[edit]

During his amateur career, Brenneman compiled a 5–0 undefeated record. In an attempt to maintain his momentum, he quickly turned professional, debuting on July 28, 2007, against Marcello Olivera. Brenneman also earned a 5–0 record at the professional level through early 2008, with a notable split-decision victory over Drew Puzon at the ShoXC event on January 25, 2008.[6][7]

2008 injury and AMA Fight Club[edit]

During a sparring session with one-time UFC fighter Chris Liguori, Brenneman sustained a kick to the face that shattered his left orbital and forced him to undergo emergency surgery to repair the damage. Vertical and lateral plates were inserted into his face, and he eventually regained vision in his left eye. Brenneman made his comeback to competition on September 12, 2008, against John Howard, but suffered the first loss of his career. Because of the defeat, the self-trained Brenneman decided to join the AMA Fight Club,[5] and went on to win his next six bouts before being offered a contract for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Brenneman made his UFC debut on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi against Jason High, whom he defeated via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

In his next fight, Brenneman lost to Johny Hendricks at UFC 117 via TKO in the second round.

Brenneman faced Amilcar Alves on January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Brenneman was scheduled to fight TJ Grant on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4, but Grant had to pull out due to illness and the fight was scrapped.[9] However, just hours before the weigh-ins it was reported that Nate Marquardt did not receive medical clearance and had to pull out of his bout against Rick Story. As a result, Brenneman fought Story in the evening's co-main event. Brenneman upset the favored Story, as Brenneman was able to out wrestle Story and control him on the ground while fending off multiple submission attempts in the third round en route to a unanimous decision victory. He later stated about his upset win, that he'd luckily been told about being Marquardt's replacement for this fight earlier than Story and was also training for a fight with Story as well because of this, just in case he turned out to be the replacement, which he was.[10]

Brenneman lost to Anthony Johnson via first-round TKO due to a head kick on October 1, 2011 at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson.[11]

Brenneman next faced Daniel Roberts on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Brenneman faced Erick Silva on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3 and lost via rear-naked choke near the end of the first round.[13]

Brenneman was expected to face Kyle Noke on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[14] However, as a result of the cancellation of UFC 151, Noke/Brenneman was rescheduled for September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[15] Brenneman lost the fight in the first round via TKO due to punches. After the loss Brenneman was released from the promotion.[16]

Post UFC[edit]

Brenneman cut down to 155 lbs. following his release from the UFC.[17] Brenneman fought Eric Irvin at VFL 40 on Jan 19, 2013. He won via second round submission. Brenneman defeated Jeremy Castro and Gemiyale Adkins in the Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and would then defeat Kyle Baker by submission via arm-triangle choke for the vacant CFFC lightweight title.[18]

Return to UFC[edit]

Brenneman returned to the UFC and faced promotional newcomer Beneil Dariush in a lightweight bout on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35, replacing an injured Jason High.[19] Brenneman was quickly submitted in the first round via rear-naked choke, after being dropped by a left hand.

Brenneman faced Danny Castillo at UFC 172.[20] After a back-and-forth first round, Brenneman lost via knockout early in the second round.[21]

Brenneman faced Leandro Silva on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[22] Brenneman was submitted by a rear naked choke in the first round following multiple takedown attempts. After the loss Brenneman was again released from the promotion.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Brenneman and his wife Amanda have a daughter named Gracie, born in 2013.[24]

Championship and accomplishments[edit]

  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships
    • CFFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Ring of Combat
    • ROC Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • Valley Fight League
    • VFL Welterweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–8 Leandro Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux November 8, 2014 1 4:15 Uberlândia, Brazil
Loss 19–7 Danny Castillo KO (punch) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 2 0:21 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Loss 19–6 Beneil Dariush Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 1 1:45 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 19–5 Kyle Baker Submission (arm-triangle choke) CFFC 28 - Brenneman vs. Baker October 26, 2013 2 4:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the CFFC Lightweight Championship
Win 18–5 Gemiyale Adkins Decision (unanimous) CFFC 25 - Williams vs. Faunce June 22, 2013 3 5:00 King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 17–5 Jeremy Castro Submission (Peruvian necktie) CFFC 23 - La Nsang vs. Baker April 12, 2013 1 4:34 King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16–5 Eric Irvin Submission (rear-naked choke) VFL 40: Broad Avenue Brawlers January 19, 2013 2 2:09 Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 15–5 Kyle Noke TKO (punches) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 1 0:45 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 15–4 Erick Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall June 8, 2012 1 4:33 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 15–3 Daniel Roberts Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 14–3 Anthony Johnson KO (head kick) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 1 2:49 Washington D.C., United States
Win 14–2 Rick Story Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13–2 Amilcar Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Loss 12–2 Johny Hendricks TKO (punches) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 2 0:40 Oakland, California, United States
Win 12–1 Jason High Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 11–1 George Sheppard Submission (punches) VFL 23: Mason Dixon Showdown 2 January 30, 2010 2 1:55 Greencastle, Pennsylvania, United States Non-title bout.
Win 10–1 Phillip Wyman TKO (punches) VFL 21: Broad Avenue Brawlers 2 October 11, 2009 1 3:39 Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States Won the VFL Welterweight Championship.[25]
Win 9–1 Mitch Whitesel Decision (unanimous) VFL 19: Broad Avenue Brawlers July 24, 2009 3 5:00 Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8–1 Chris Thomas Submission (arm-triangle choke) Iron Will Fighting Championship 1 May 16, 2009 2 1:17 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–1 Edward O'Daniel TKO (elbows) Extreme Challenge: The War at the Shore January 23, 2009 2 4:22 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–1 Yanish Dimitry TKO (punches) United States Fight League: War in the Woods 5 November 29, 2008 1 4:50 Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Loss 5–1 John Howard Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 21 September 12, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Drew Puzon Decision (split) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series January 25, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Mark Berrocal TKO (punches) ROC 17: Beast of the Northeast Finals November 30, 2007 2 3:54 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Joseph Aviles Decision (unanimous) ROC 16: Beast of the Northeast Semi-Finals October 26, 2007 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Jordan Damon TKO (doctor stoppage) ROC 15: Beast of the Northeast Quarterfinals September 7, 2007 1 2:20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Marcelo Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 81 July 28, 2007 3 5:00 West Orange, New Jersey, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Shogun vs. Saint Preux". Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Charlie Brenneman - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2008-01-15.  Former Teaching Website
  5. ^ a b Knapp, Brian (2009-11-27). "Sherdog Prospect Watch: Charlie Brenneman". Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ Profile at Sherdog
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2008-09-10.  Official MMA Fighting Resume
  8. ^ "Welterweights Charlie Brenneman vs. Amilcar Alves slated for Jan. 22 UFC event". Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  9. ^ "T.J. Grant withdraws from UFC on Versus 4, fight with Charlie Brenneman scrapped". June 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nate Marquardt Out of UFC on Versus 4, Charlie Brenneman to Face Rick Story, New Main Event". Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  11. ^ "Charlie Brenneman vs Anthony Johnson fight booked for UFC on Versus 6 in Oct". July 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Charlie Brenneman vs. Daniel Roberts targeted for UFC on FX 1". December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ "American Charlie Brenneman will be next opponent for Erick Silva". 2012-03-30. 
  14. ^ "Kyle Noke drops to welterweight, meets Charlie Brenneman at UFC 151". July 31, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Noke-Brenneman moved to UFC 152 in Toronto". August 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ariel Helwani (October 2, 2012). "Recently released Charlie Brenneman determined to fight his way back to UFC". Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ "UFC vet Charlie Brenneman subs Kyle Baker, claims CFFC lightweight title". 
  19. ^ Staff (2013-01-02). "Jason High out of UFC Fight Night 35, Charlie Brenneman returns to meet Beneil Dariush". Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-03-05). "Danny Castillo rebooked against Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172". Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  21. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-26). "UFC 172 results and photos: Danny Castillo KOs Charlie Brenneman with one punch". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  22. ^ Paul Forlai (2014-10-03). "UFC Fight Night: Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman returns to the Octagon!". Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  23. ^ "Brenneman released by the UFC". 
  24. ^ The MMA Hour, Episode 215, Ariel Helwani interviews Charlie Brenneman (around 55 minutes in)
  25. ^ Staff. "Valley Fight League 10/11/09 Official Results". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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