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Anthony Johnson and Charlie Brenneman to meet at October show on Versus

In a strange twist of fate it appears welterweights Anthony Johnson and Charlie Brenneman will throw down this fall after playing roles in the six degrees of separation leading to Brenneman’s upset win over Rick Story last month at UFC Live 4. Johnson was originally scheduled to face Nate Marquardt at the event before withdrawing due to injury, opening the door for Story to slide in, while “The Spaniard” served as Marquardt’s last minute replacement when he was pulled from the card due to an abnormally high testosterone level stemming from hormone replacement therapy.

The world’s foremost MMA promotion announced the UFC Live 6 bout over the weekend though little else is known about the event in terms of date/location other than it taking place in October.

Johnson is coming off a solid showing against Dan Hardy at UFN 24 this past March where he outpointed the Brit after more than a year on the sidelines due to weight and injury-related issues. The decision marked the first time “Rumble” had gone the distance in the Octagon with five strike-based victories prior to the performance.

The 14-2 Brenneman has emerged with his hands raised nine out of the last ten times he’s competed including back-to-back wins in his last two fights. In addition to Story he’s also found success in the UFC against Amilcar Alves and Jason High.

Brenneman vs. Johnson is the second match-up the organization has revealed for the event with the other being a long awaited rematch between lightweights Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Should be a good fight, I think Rumble may showcase some more of his striking here as Breneman is a solid wrestler.

  • Creature says:

    I think this is a bad fight for charlie.. rumble is gonna have plenty of time to prepare for the takedowns and wont make the mistake of underestimating him like story prolly did. hes going to keep it standing, and most likely destroy charlie standing. Johnson by tko round 2

  • Dufresne says:

    I guess we get to see if Brenneman’s win over Story was a fluke or not. I don’t think Rumble is as good overall as Story was, but I think Rumble will probably give him a tougher go than Story did.

    Story was preparing for a guy with better striking and worse wrestling than him when he was training for Marquardt, and ended up getting a guy with wrestling at least as good as him and it was pretty obvious that he hadn’t been working his hands like he did before fighting Alves. Brenneman on the other hand was training for a ground fighting guy so you know he was working his takedown defense like crazy, and it showed.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when both guys have a full camp training for the others style. I give Brenneman the advantage in cardio, but other than that I really don’t know enough about him to really compare these guys.


    I got my boy Brenneman by outworking the lazy cheater


    Basically-I got the Spaniard over the African American

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Brenneman has his work cut out for him… not to say he can’t win but more than likely he will be earning every bit of the win if he does.


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