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In a stunning and unpredictable turn of events Saturday, UFC President Dana White released a video stating that Nate Marquardt failed his medical clearance for his bout against Rick Story at UFC Live on Versus 4, and immediately released him from the organization.
“It’s true. He failed his medicals. Not only is out of this fight and out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC,” White said in a video he posted on his Twitter via Tout.com.
This comes as a huge shock to the MMA world, and no further comments have been made by UFC officials or anyone from Marquardt’s camp.
Story was not left without an opponent, as Charlie Brenneman got another chance and has been slotted in. Brenneman originally was supposed to fight TJ Grant on the undercard, but Grant was removed from the bout with an undisclosed illness and the match was scrapped. Brenneman is from Holidaysburg, Pa., some 90 miles from Pittsburgh, where the event is being held.
Brenneman trains under Mike Constantino at AMA Fight Club in Northern New Jersey. Constantino’s camp, which includes brothers Jim and Dan Miller, has became known for fighters being prepared on short notice. Miller stepped in against Marquardt at UFC 128 on a week’s notice, and lost a decision.
(Joe Rizzo contributed to this story)
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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.
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Rear Naked Choke Radio came back for a special Thursday edition as the MMA DieHards Radio Network went into full gear.
Joe Rizzo, Maggie Krol and Hector Castro streamed live from the UCC 4 weigh-ins in Morris Plains, N.J.
Andy Main and Sean Santella, who are fighting for the 145-pound and 135-pound belts, respectively, joined the show, as did co-main event heavyweight Rolles Gracie. Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman also chimed in to take a look at the big welterweight matches at UFC 129, including his hard-hitting analysis of the Georges St-Pierre-Jake Shields title fight.
For more on the event, check out the UCC’s site.
Beating welterweight Amilcar Alves on Saturday produced the best fight of Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman’s career.