Not many fighters make it back onto the UFC roster after being cut. Usually, fighters that hit a rough spot and go on losing streak are booted out of the UFC and never return to the big show. Others, on the other hand, are just to determined (or just too damn stubborn) to go down that way. Charlie Brenneman is one of the latter.
After his TKO loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 152 Charlie Brenneman has been a man on a mission. A mission to get his name back on the UFC roster, and get back into the Octagon as soon as possible. However, this time he has cut down to the lightweight division and is determined to make a dent into the stiff competition.
“After I fought Noke, we figured I was going to get cut, I did and as per Joe Silva, the best way for me to get back would be to drop to 155 and get some finishes and get back in,” said Brenneman. “So I figured I’m going to still be fighting, I want to fight in the UFC, so that is what I’m going to do.”
After cutting weight and entering back into the game Brenneman has been a man on a rampage. He is currently on a four fight win streak and is now the CFFC lightweight champion after his submission victory over Kyle Baker at CFFC 28 that took place back in October. This marks his third submission victory in his last four fights.
Though Brenneman was prepared to continue to fight in lower organizations, he was also prepared to accept the fact that he very well may never fight in the UFC again. That was until his phone rang New Years Day.
Joson High was set to fight Beniel Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35 on January 15 until an injury took him off the card. Brenneman was asked to step up on short notice. A call Charlie had been dreaming for for over a year.
“It’s kind of been my whole goal since I did get cut from the UFC, was getting back,” Brenneman said. “So it’s good. I had to earn it and that makes it feel a little bit sweeter because it wasn’t given to me, it didn’t happen right away, I had to stay the course and it’s been over a year. I was fully prepared to start this year and win a couple more fights and hopefully have it happen then, but it happened on January 1st. I got the call, so it’s a good start to the year.”
Brenneman is not only taking the weight cut gracefully, but it seems to be giving him an advantage in the grappling department. He has three submissions out of four fights under his belt at 155 and gives his new lighter frame and competition credit. Brenneman pulled of an impressive Peruvian neck tie submission against Jeremy Castro at CFFC 23.
“I’m able to add a little bit more finesse on the ground, and go for these finishes and subs that I was a little bit afraid to when I was fighting at 170,” said Brenneman.
“The Spaniard” is set to face off against Beniel Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35 this January 15. Win or lose it is no doubt that Brenneman is a determined fighter and deserves to be on the UFC roster.
All quotes via MMAmania.comTags: Beniel Dariush, charlie brenneman, UFC Fight Night 35