When the UFC announced it would be stopping in Pittsburgh this summer for UFC Live 4 fans in Pennsylvania were likely thrilled to hear a few of their own would see action on the card. Unfortunately, one of those area-products booked for the June 26 event, Ultimate Fighter 7 alumnus Matt Riddle, has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout against T.J. Grant due to an undisclosed injury.
However, according to the UFC, another fighter hailing from the Keystone State – Charlie Brenneman – will fill in for Riddle meaning those in attendance will still have an opportunity to raucously root for a Pennsylvanian in the preliminary pairing.
The 13-2 Brenneman has won two of his three UFC appearances including success against Jason High and most recently Almicar Alves this past January at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Five of his overall wins have been the result of a TKO though “The Spaniard” has also found success on the ground in the form of two submissions and a half-dozen decisions.
His opponent, Grant, is coming off a loss to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 but has claimed victories over Ryo Chonan and Kevin Burns in the Octagon. The submission-savvy Canadian holds an overall record of 16-5 including twelve wins by way of tap-out.
UFC Live 4 is headlined by Nate Marquardt’s welterweight debut against all-around powerhouse Anthony Johnson and will also feature, in addition to a number of other interesting match-ups, Pat Barry throwing down with Cheick Kongo, Tyson Griffin testing the 145-pound waters against Manny Gamburyan, and Martin Kampmann taking to the cage against John Howard.
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