The Spaniard will be fighting close to home.
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman’s petition to fight on the UFC on Versus 4 card in Pittsburgh on June 26 apparently worked, as Brenneman will take on Canadian T.J. Grant in a welterweight bout, a source close to the event told MMADieHards.com.
Matt Riddle had been Grant’s original opponent, based on a verbal agreement announced by the UFC on April 27. When the UFC officially announced later Friday that Riddle was being replaced, it cited an undisclosed injury and that Brenneman verbally agreed to take his place.
Brenneman is from Hollidaysburg, Pa., which is about 95 miles east of Pittsburgh. The event takes place at the brand-new Consul Energy Center, which is the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brenneman recently moved to East Hanover, N.J. to be closer to Mike Constantino’s AMA Fight Club.
As a recent guest on Rear Naked Choke Radio on MMADieHards.com, Brenneman talked about how he monitors the welterweights in upcoming UFC events, and was looking at UFC on Versus 4 in case a spot opened up. Constantino’s fighters have built a reputation for taking UFC fights on short notice, most notably brothers Jim and Dan Miller.
The 30-year-old Brenneman earned his nickname for his role as a Spanish teacher in the Holidaysburg Area School District. He wrestled at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and finished in the top 12 in nationals in 2004. He is coming off a dominating win over Amilcar Alves at UFC Fight for the Troops on Jan. 22 to push his record to 13-2.
Grant, 27, is 16-5 overall but has alternated wins and losses in his six UFC fights. Grant lost to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 on Dec. 11. He has been stopped just once, by submission to Jesse Bongfeldt before either were in the UFC.