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"The Spaniard"

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Charlie Brenneman

Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman

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  • Given Name: Charles Brenneman
  • MMA Record: 19-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Spaniard
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1981.02.09
  • Last Fight: November 08, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: AMA Fight Club
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $18,000 USD
  • Born: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Whippany, New Jersey
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Charlie Brenneman is an American lightweight  fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu and trains with the Miller brothers in New Jersey. He has a background in wrestling, having wrestled in high school and continuing on to wrestle at Lock Haven University where he finished off his career with a top twelve finish at the Division I Nationals. He has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education and Spanish from Lock Haven as well as a Masters degree in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University. He won the first season of the Spike TV reality show, Pros vs. Joes. Charlie has previously fought for Extreme Challenge, Ring of Combat, ShoXC, Valley Fight League, and Caged Fury FC. He was the welterweight champion in ROC and the lightweight champion in CFFC. He has notable wins over Jason High, Amilcar Alves, Rick Story, and Daniel Roberts. Of his nineteen professional wins, ten have been finishes with an equal number of submissions and T/KOs.


Brenneman left his career as a Spanish teacher after he won the first season of Pros vs. Joes in order to continue competing, this time in MMA. He started his amateur career in 2006 and went 5-0 in his first seven months. He would turn pro in the middle of 2007, debuting with a unanimous decision win for Extreme Challenge. He would then move over to Ring of Combat where he picked up the welterweight title. After a 5-0 start to his career, he would lose in his first title defense to future UFC fighter, John Howard. After the loss, he would bounce back with six straight wins in the next fourteen months including five finishes.


Brenneman would receive his shot in the big leagues at UFC Fight Night Florian vs. Gomi where he won a unanimous decision over Jason High. He would next be paired with Johnny Hendricks at UFC 117, but he would be finished for the first time in his career when he lost by TKO early in the second round. He would bounce back with a decision win over Amilcar Alves at UFC Fight Night 23. 


Charlie was scheduled to take on TJ Grant at UFC on Versus 4, but the bout was scrapped shortly before the event due to an illness by Grant. Hours before the event, Nate Marquardt, who was scheduled to fight Rick Story in the main event, was declared ineligible to compete and Charlie was tapped to step in on ultra short notice. He later claimed that he had been told ahead of time that this was a possibility so he had been preparing for a fight with Story just in case. He would end up out wrestling Story on the way to a stunning upset win which threw him into the limelight. 


Brenneman would lose his next fight when he was knocked out with a headkick midway through the first round by a much larger Anthony Johnson. He would pick up a unanimous decision win over Daniel Roberts at UFC on FX 1, but would be submitted for the first time in his career when he faced Erik Silva at UFC on FX 3. He was scheduled to take on Kyle Noke at UFC 151, but when the event was cancelled, the bout was moved to UFC 152. He would lose by TKO in the first minute of the fight. This marked the third time in four fights he had been finished and moved his overall UFC record to 4-4. He was subsequently release from the promotion.


Upon his release, he would drop to lightweight for the first time in his career. He would pick up four straight wins in the following nine months as well as the CFFC lightweight title. In early 2014, he was given another shot in the UFC when he agreed to step in on thirteen days notice to take on undefeated UFC newcomer, Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35. Unfortunately, he would lose by submission in the first round leaving his future with the company again in question.

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Charlie Brenneman MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:15 Round 1 of 3

Leandro Silva
19-7-0 16-2-1

UFC Fight Night 56: Shogun vs. St. Preux
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.11.08
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Wernei Cardoso
UFC Fight Night 56 Performance of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:21 Round 2 of 3, 5:21 Total

Danny Castillo
19-6-0 16-6-0

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.04.26
Odds: +270 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#14 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:45 Round 1 of 3

Beneil Dariush
19-5-0 6-0-0

UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.01.15
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#14 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Win | Submission | Choke
4:07 Round 2 of 5, 9:07 Total

Kyle Baker
18-5-0 12-7-0

CFFC 28: Brenneman vs. Baker
Main Event | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.10.26
Weigh-In: 155.3 lbs (70.4 kgs) | Referee: Gasper Oliver
Cancelled Bout Ronnie Rogers CFFC 26 2013.08.17
Cancelled Bout Kyle Baker CFFC 26 2013.08.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gemiyale Adkins
17-5-0 8-5-0

CFFC 25: Williams vs. Faunce
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.06.22
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 3

Jeremy Castro
16-5-0 11-10-0

CFFC 23: Aung La N Sang vs Kyle Baker
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.04.12
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Gasper Oliver
Win | Submission | Choke
2:09 Round 2 of 3, 7:09 Total

Eric Irvin
15-5-0 5-2-0

VFL 40: Broad Avenue Brawlers
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.01.19
Referee: Bill Bookwalter
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:45 Round 1 of 3

Kyle Noke
15-4-0 19-6-1

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.09.22
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 170.8 lbs (77.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Kyle Noke UFC 151 2012.09.01
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:33 Round 1 of 3

Erick Silva
15-3-0 13-2-0

UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.06.08
Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Frank Gentile
UFC on FX 3 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Daniel Roberts
14-3-0 12-3-0

UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.01.20
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
2:49 Round 1 of 3

Anthony Johnson
14-2-0 9-3-0

UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.10.01
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC on Versus 6 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rick Story
13-2-0 13-3-0

UFC on Versus 4: Barry vs. Kongo
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.06.26
Odds: +380 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 170.6 lbs (77.4 kgs) | Referee: Marc Matheny
#33 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout TJ Grant UFC on Versus 4 2011.06.26
Reason: Grant Illness
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Amilcar Alves
12-2-0 11-2-0

UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.01.22
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:40 Round 2 of 3, 5:40 Total

Johny Hendricks
12-1-0 8-0-0

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: The Offspring - Bad Habit
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jason High
11-1-0 9-2-0

UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.03.31
Odds: +174 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dale Frye
Win | Submission | Strikes
1:55 Round 2 of 3, 6:55 Total

George Sheppard
10-1-0 5-1-0

Valley Fight League

2010.01.30
Referee: Keith Peterson
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Phillip Wyman

Valley Fight League

2009.10.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Mitch Whitesel

Valley Fight League

2009.07.24
Win | Submission | Choke

Chris Thomas

Pennsylvania Regional

2009.05.16
Win | KO/TKO | Elbows

Edward O'Daniel

Extreme Challenge

2009.01.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Yanish Dimitry

Connecticut Regional

2008.11.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

John Howard
5-0-0 9-4-0

Ring of Combat 21
Main Card | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.09.12
Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Drew Puzon
4-0-0 1-2-0

ShoXC 4
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.01.25
Weigh-In: 170.9 lbs (77.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:54 Round 2 of 3, 8:54 Total

Mark Berrocal
3-0-0 2-0-0

Ring of Combat 17: Beast of the Northeast Finals
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 170 lbs

2007.11.30
Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 12:00 Total

Joseph Aviles
2-0-0 2-0-0

Ring of Combat 16: Beast of the Northeast Semi-Finals
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 170 lbs

2007.10.26
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:20 Round 1 of 3

Jordan Damon
1-0-0 5-0-0

Ring of Combat 15: Beast of the Northeast Quarter-Finals
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 170 lbs

2007.09.07
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Marcello Olivera

Extreme Challenge

2007.07.28
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Mike Medrano

Extreme Challenge

2007.06.09
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Eric Goetz

Extreme Challenge

2007.05.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Theodore Drimonis

Extreme Challenge

2007.05.19
Win | Submission | Choke

Eric Rex

Ohio Regional

2007.03.10
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Kellen Hughes

Ohio Regional

2006.11.22

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