(“Fuck appendicitis & anybody that love him.” — Actual quote from @KCBanditMMA)
UFC welterweight Jason High was scheduled to face an undefeated Octagon newbie named Beneil Dariush on the main card of UFC Fight Night 35 (January 15th, Duluth; GA), but has been forced out of the bout due to appendicitis. As High explained on twitter:
Ruptured appendix… On New Year’s Day. See y’all bitches after surgery. F word…Oh & btw morphine is trash & dilauded kicks all kinds of ass. First time I’ve ever had to pull out of a fight for any reason. Won’t be making a habit of it.
Coming in to replace High on just two weeks’ notice is Pennsylvania-based scrapper Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, who was released by the UFC following his quick TKO loss to Kyle Noke in September 2012. Brenneman went 4-0 on the regional circuit in 2013, and now has another chance to make his mark in the UFC. During his previous stint in the Octagon in 2010-2012, Brenneman scored notable decision victories over Rick Story and (coincidentally) Jason High, but also suffered stoppage losses against Johny Hendricks, Anthony Johnson, and Erick Silva.
Brenneman vs. Dariush is one of those strange UFC fights where two replacement opponents wind up facing each other. Dariush was himself a replacement for High’s original opponent, Adlan Amagov, who withdrew from the fight two weeks ago due to undisclosed personal reasons.
Update: The fight will be held at lightweight, the weight class Brenneman has been competing at for the last year.