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And Now He’s Fired (Again): Charlie Brenneman Gets the Boot Following Third Straight Loss


(Everyone remembers where they were the first time they heard the “Comfortably Numb” guitar solo. Photo via Getty.)

The inventor of the punch-hair (Clay Guida WHO?) has likely fought for the last time in the UFC. Two months ago.

Yes, after succumbing to a first round rear-naked choke against the un-Wikipedia-able Leandro Silva back at Fight Night 56, Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman has once again been released by the promotion. Experts expect his reactionary lawsuit against the UFC to be filed by the end of the week.

The announcement was made by Brenneman himself on Twitter last night.

Brenneman’s re-firing may not seem like that big a deal at first, but it does prove that the UFC is actually willing to draw the line in the sand when it comes the quality of their roster. And I know what you’re thinking, ”If the UFC is still firing people these days, how will they ever be able to fill up that Fight Night: Penistone card in July?” I don’t have an answer for that, but I think we can all agree that a #BringBackKimbo Twitter campaign will at least help.

In Brenneman’s first UFC run, the Pros vs. Joes winner went an even 4-4, with the obvious highlight being his massive upset of Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 after taking the fight on less than a day’s notice. Unfortunately, TKO losses to Johny Hendricks, Anthony Johnson, and Kyle Noke saw Brenneman bounced in September of 2012 following two straight losses. The joke’s been made a million times, but I still find it necessary to point out that this guy and this guy were once in the same weight class and how hilarious that is.

After putting together four straight wins on the local circuit, Brenneman was invited back to the UFC in January, where he was steamrolled by Beneil Dariush, pancaked by Danny Castillo, and flibbity-flobbed by Silva. Let’s hope the WSOF treats him better.

For whatever reason, this was the first thing that popped into my head when I heard word of Brenneman’s firing. So everyone raise a parting glass to Charlie Brenneman: UFC fighter, and sing along.

-J. Jones 

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