Chris Brennan

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Chris Brennan
Born (1971-10-12) October 12, 1971 (age 45)
Compton, California, United States
Other names The Westside Strangler
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Fighting out of Mission Viejo, California
Team Next Generation MMA
Rank black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 1996-2009, 2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 36
Wins 21
By knockout 1
By submission 19
By decision 1
Losses 14
By knockout 4
By submission 6
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan (born October 12, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division. He has competed for the UFC, PRIDE, King of the Cage and Shooto.[1] He is a former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion and former King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Champion. He is also one of 18 fighters to compete in the -77 kg division at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in 2005.[2] Chris was also the founder of Nogi Industries, a Mixed martial arts clothing company.


Brennan was born in Compton, California but soon moved to Orange County before settling in Laguna Hills and Huntington Beach, California where he spent the next 10 years. Growing up, Brennan claims that he lived in at least 19 different homes and played baseball and soccer but was ultimately more interested in individual sports such as bodybuilding, surfing, gymnastics, and motocross. While working as a bouncer, Brennan saw UFC 1 and was motivated by the dominant performance of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. Brennan soon began training with Gracie himself and received his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in only seven years. Brennan later became the first no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor in the United States.[3] [4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Brennan made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1996 and compiled a record of 4-1-1 before being signed by the UFC.


Brennan made his UFC debut against Courtney Turner at the UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament on March 13, 1998 and won via armbar submission in the first round. In his next fight later that night, Brennan lost to future five-time champion, Pat Miletich via submission.

King of the Cage[edit]

Brennan made his King of the Cage debut against future King of the Cage Lightweight Champion Joe Stevenson and won via submission. In his next fight, Brennan fought against future MFC Lightweight Champion Antonio McKee for the King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship and won via knockout with a head kick. In his first title defense, Brennan was defeated by Joe Hurley after he was knocked out from elbows.

On August 4, 2001 Brennan defeated Kevin Hogan via armbar submission to become the new King of the Cage Middleweight Champion and then in his next fight, successfully defended his title against Steve Berger. After a one-fight stint with the UFC at UFC 35, a loss to Gil Castillo, Brennan won two more fights outside of King of the Cage before returning to defend his title again, this time against John Alessio. Brennan was defeated via TKO.


Brennan went 0-2 in Shooto before he made his PRIDE debut on October 5, 2003 at Bushido 2 against Eiji Mitsuoka and won via kimura submission in the first round. In his next appearance for the organization, he faced Daiju Takase a year later at Bushido 2 and lost via unanimous decision.

His last fight in PRIDE was at Bushido 12 against Tatsuya Kawajiri, and he was defeated via TKO only 29 seconds into the first round.


Since his last fight in PRIDE, Brennan has gone 2-2, competing for Cage Rage and King of the Cage.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–14–1 Brandon Gaines Submission (kimura) KOTC - Aerial Assault June 30, 2012 1 1:31 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 20–14–1 Marvin Babe Submission (armbar) KOTC - Bad Intentions 2 April 11, 2012 1 0:33 Oklahoma, United States
Loss 19–14–1 Quinn Mulhern Submission (omoplata) KOTC - Militia June 11, 2009 1 2:01 California, United States
Loss 19–13–1 Jean Silva KO (punches) Cage Rage 23 September 22, 2007 2 2:26 London, England
Win 19–12–1 Adam DiSabato Submission (toe hold) GFC: Evolution May 19, 2007 1 2:11 Ohio, United States
Loss 18–12–1 Tatsuya Kawajiri TKO (strikes) Pride - Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 1 0:29 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 18–11–1 Vitor Ribeiro Submission (swollen eye) GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House March 3, 2006 2 3:25 Ohio, United States
Win 18–10–1 Shannon Ritch Submission (guillotine choke) RM 7: Championship Night December 11, 2005 1 1:19 Mexico
Win 17–10–1 Mark Moreno Submission (armbar) X-1 Challengers July 2, 2005 1 1:14 Hawaii, United States
Loss 16–10–1 Daiju Takase Decision (unanimous) Pride Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–9–1 Eiji Mitsuoka Submission (kimura) Pride Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 1 4:31 Saitama, Japan
Win 15–9–1 Jason St. Louis Submission (armbar) Adrenaline Fighting Championships 1 July 24, 2003 1 4:20 Canada
Loss 14–9–1 Rob Emerson Submission (achilles lock) Hitman Fighting 3[5] May 2, 2003 N/A N/A Santa Ana, California, United States
Loss 14–8–1 Takaharu Murahama Submission (achilles lock) Shooto - 1/24 in Korakuen Hall January 24, 2003 1 2:49 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–7–1 Takanori Gomi Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Treasure Hunt 10 September 16, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 14–6–1 Shannon Ritch Submission (armbar) Aztec Challenge 1 September 6, 2002 1 4:50 Mexico
Loss 13–6–1 John Alessio TKO (punches) KOTC 15 - Bad Intentions June 22, 2002 1 2:20 California, United States Lost King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–5–1 Thomas Denny Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge 11 April 20, 2002 1 3:12 California, United States
Win 12–5–1 John Chrisostomo Submission (keylock) Warriors Quest 4: Genesis March 29, 2002 1 4:10 Hawaii, United States
Loss 11–5–1 Gil Castillo Decision (unanimous) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–4–1 Steve Berger Decision (unanimous) KOTC 11 - Domination September 29, 2001 3 5:00 California, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.
Win 10–4–1 Kevin Hogan Submission (armbar) KOTC 10 - Critical Mass August 4, 2001 2 1:08 California, United States Won King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–4–1 Robert Wynne Submission (armbar) Reality Submission Fighting 1 October 6, 2000 1 1:05 Illinois, United States
Loss 8–4–1 Joe Hurley KO (elbows) KOTC 5 - Cage Wars September 16, 2000 1 4:30 California, United States Lost King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship.
Win 8–3–1 Antonio McKee KO (head kick) KOTC 3 - Knockout Nightmare April 15, 2000 2 0:09 California, United States Won King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship.
Win 7–3–1 Joe Stevenson Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 1 - Bas Rutten's King of the Cage October 30, 1999 1 2:04 California, United States
Loss 6–3–1 Steve Gomm Submission (knees) Bas Rutten Invitational 3 June 1, 1999 1 2:27 Colorado, United States
Win 6–2–1 Steve Horton Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 22 November 21, 1998 1 2:13 Utah, United States
Loss 5–2–1 Pat Miletich Submission (choke) UFC 16 March 13, 1998 1 9:02 Louisiana, United States UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Finals
Win 5–1–1 Courtney Turner Submission (armbar) UFC 16 March 13, 1998 1 1:20 Louisiana, United States UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Loss 4–1–1 Pat Miletich Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge Trials November 15, 1997 1 30:00 Iowa, United States
Draw 4–0–1 Pat Miletich Draw Extreme Challenge 9 August 30, 1997 1 20:00 Iowa, United States
Win 4–0 Delcio Delcio Submission (guillotine choke) Carioca de Freestyle February 10, 1996 1 4:46 Brazil
Win 3–0 Steve Oliver Submission (rear-naked choke) Independent Event January 24, 1996 1 1:52 Mississippi, United States
Win 2–0 Randal Kemp Submission (armbar) Independent Event January 24, 1996 1 1:35 Mississippi, United States
Win 1–0 Scott Carter Submission (Peruvian necktie) Independent Event January 5, 1996 1 2:12 California, United States


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