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And Now He’s Fired: Charlie Brenneman Axed by the UFC After Back-to-Back Losses


(Noke had carefully selected his training partners to mimic how Brenneman would look on fight night. / Photo via Getty)

In the space of two fights, UFC welterweight Charlie Brenneman went from co-headliner to curtain-jerker. So where do you go next if you get TKO’d in 45 seconds by a non-contender on the Facebook portion of a card? The unemployment line, son. Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

That’s right, Brenneman has been released by the UFC after taking his second consecutive first-round stoppage loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 152, which followed his submission loss to Erick Silva at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall in June. With his most recent loss, “The Spaniard”‘s overall UFC record dropped to 4-4, including decision wins over Jason High, Amilcar Alves, Rick Story, and Daniel Roberts, and previous TKO losses to Johny Hendricks, and Anthony Johnson. In other words, his victories were mostly forgettable, but his losses were all highlight-reel material. Not a good look.

Brenneman was disppointed but hopeful after getting the news, telling Bloody Elbow’s Steph Daniels:

Basically, I realized after my last fight that I wasn’t in a good situation. A week had passed, and yesterday I got a call from my manager/trainer, Mike Constantino. He just said it as succinctly as possible, which is how I prefer it, ‘It’s not good, you’re cut.’

There’s nothing really to say. I kind of made my own bed, and I hope to get another chance. I lost to Kyle Noke, and when someone says, ‘You got caught early’, I have to counter that by saying that I shouldn’t have left him the opening to hit me. That’s just the way it goes.

I’m not closing the book on anything. The UFC is where I want to be, and it’s where I will be again. I give up a lot to fight. I don’t live with my wife. I live in New Jersey so I can devote myself to training, when all my family lives in Pennsylvania. It’s not a question of drive and passion. I have plenty of that. When that drive naturally expires, then I’ll think about stopping.

So will this just be a temporary setback for Brenneman? And does anybody think the firing was unwarranted, or had he gone as far as he could go in the promotion?

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BaghdadBob- October 6, 2012 at 10:42 am
Brenneman was simply out-classed in the UFC. May he find luck elsewhere.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm
It's coming into the holidays, or as it is known at the UFC home office 'pink slip season'. Time to trim down on the dead weight for the new year.
skeletor- October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm
About time. He beat a guy that everyone undeservingly put in the top ten and then everyone was swinging from his nuts. The ufc got this one right.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Cut your hair and get a job, hippie!
Broken- October 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm
also, if jacob volkmann loses this weekend, he's gone. Book it.
amsterdamheavy- October 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm
good riddance
TheManFromSantaFe- October 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Jesus! Whoever typed up this article is definitely not a fan of Brenneman's... But I think he is a solid WW and was deserving of another fight. I'm sure he'll have plenty of offers coming his way asap.
Broken- October 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Who cares about this guy? He's just another lay n prayer, and its clear now that Dana is starting an anti lay n pray campaign. Guys like fitch could go next if he drops another one come next week.

new UFC formula is simple to understand. Boring fighter loses and you get cut, exciting fighter loses and you get more chances. Thats the way it should be honestly. being boring gets you no where.
Dog Dicks Magoo- October 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm
I met Charlie in Nashville. He was really cool guy and had a beautiful head of hair. I wish him well.
amsterdamheavy- October 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm
They should have given him another loss.
Fried Taco- October 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm
I hear Bellator is hiring.
Deadpanda- October 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
Did Brennerman also blame Jones for the UFC cutting his ass?
GrandShamrock- October 2, 2012 at 11:52 am
Early cut
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