You can now add UFC welterweight Charlie Brenneman to the growing list of fighters who have joined the FundAFighter team. There is an added twist to Brenneman’s signing as the Pennsylvania native has pledged to donate half of the money he raises to launch an anti-childhood obesity initiative.
The 31-year old Brenneman has an overall record of 15-4 and is 4-3 inside the Octagon. He was scheduled to face Kyle Noke at UFC 151, but that bout was moved to UFC 152 on September 22 when the UFC was forced to cancel an event for the first time in company history.
Brenneman was very vocal and went on Twitter to criticize UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones for refusing to fight former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen on eight days notice once Dan Henderson was forced out of the bout with a knee injury.
Brenneman brought up the fact that he took a fight with Rick Story on 24 hours notice back in June of 2011 when Story’s original opponent Nate Marquardt was fired from the UFC because of issues with testosterone replacement therapy. Brenneman defeated Story via unanimous decision in what many believed to be a big upset.
FundAFighter released a statement about the signing of Brenneman:
The goal of Brenneman’s campaign will be to raise funds to offset training expenses for his upcoming UFC 152 bout with Kyle Noke September 22 in Toronto. Half of the money pledged by his backers will also go towards the launch of the fighter’s “SpaniardFit Kids” program, whose aim is to promote healthy living in youth and decrease childhood obesity.
FAF founder and CEO Robbie Stein says that Brenneman is the type of fighter that will make the best of the opportunity provided by his company’s service and ensure that his fans get the most out of the experience.
“Our number one goal in creating FundAFighter.com was to provide fans and fighters with a platform to connect like never before. We chose Charlie as our next FundAFighter funded fighter not only because he’s a great fighter, but also because he engages his fans and gives back in several ways, including his worthwhile new SpaniardFit Kids program,” Stein explained. “When we heard UFC 151 was cancelled, we wanted to help a displaced fighter, and at the same time create a unique fan experience to help repair the unfortunate disconnect between the disappointed fans and the fighters who wanted to entertain them last weekend, but didn’t get the opportunity to do so. We believe that this collaborative effort with “The Spaniard” will allow us to do just that.”
“We wish Charlie the best of luck with his campaign, his UFC 152 fight with Kyle Noke and SpaniardFit Kids.”
Brenneman is eager to start his campaign, which he feels will further connect him with his fan base while helping him cover his training costs and grow SpaniardFit Kids with the support of his FundAFighter Backers
“I’m super excited for this opportunity to work with FundAFighter. It’s a fresh, new perspective on sponsorships,” Brenneman said. “Not only will it directly effect my development as a fighter, it will also help spread my recent initiative, SpaniardFit Kids, which is aimed at promoting healthy living to today’s youth. Let’s do this!”
Brenneman has set a target goal of $2,000 which will run for the next two months. As with all of the FundAFighter participants the fans who pledge donations will receive various gifts depending on the size of their donation. Fans may receive a UFC 152 walk-out shirt, a thank you on the FAF website, fight-worn shorts or a phone call from Brenneman thanking them personally.
Dan Miller was the last fighter to join the group and will use his proceeds to help pay for his son’s kidney transplant surgery. The Miller family has to pay over $10k a month in medical expenses for Daniel Jr. FAF has waived all of their fees for the Millers and at this point he has doubled his target of $3000 in less than two weeks. Chuck O’Neil donated the $438 he had raised to Miller’s campaign.
UFC featherweight Joey Gambino, who will face The Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner Diego Brandao at UFC 153 in Brazil has raised over $2,300 which is well over his goal of $1,500. Gambino is using the money to fly two of his cornermen with him for the fight.
At just a few months old the brainchild of Robbie Stein and Tri-Star head coach Firas Zahabi is making waves and as you can see becoming very successful. Look for more signing in the near future.Tags: Chael Sonnen, charlie brenneman, Chuck O'Neill, Dan Henderson, dan miller, Diego Brandao, feature, Firas Zahabi, fundafighter, Joey Gambino, jon jones, kyle noke, Nate Marquardt, Rick Story, tri-star, UFC 151, UFC 152, UFC 153