While most competitors are in the midst of their athletic primes when they hit the age of 30, flavor-of-the-moment Charlie Brenneman claims his upset special over 5-to-1 favorite Rick Story at “UFC on Versus 4” will forever be the highlight of his life.
“Amazing,” Brenneman stated on the Versus post-fight show. “I’m pretty sure my life has peaked at 30-years-old. “I’m fine with that. Nothing’s gonna top [Sunday night], I almost guarantee you.”
It was a roller coaster week for Brenneman. He was initially slated to fight TJ Grant on the undercard, but Grant became ill and Brenneman abruptly found himself dateless in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. As the old adage goes, when one Octagon door closes, another one opens.
UFC brass alerted “The Spaniard” there might still be an opportunity for him to compete in front of his Steel City peeps, although it would be a last-minute substitution situation. They told him he needed to make weight to ensure he’d pocket his ‘show’ purse. Not only did he do that, but he also accepted the biggest fight of his career on one days notice.
“When we got to weigh-ins, I was told, ‘You may have to wait until 3:59, or you may not even know until tomorrow if you’re fighting,'” Brenneman shared at the post-fight presser. “What can I do other than sit there and try to remain professional and do what I do? And, well, it worked out.”
Maybe for you, but Nate Maquardt is certainly singing a different tune…
Speaking of music, Brenneman admitted he was fairly anxious to fight in front of friends and family. However, once he heard his entrance song blasting throughout the Consol Energy Center, he understood it was showtime.
“When that song with P. Diddy came on, I knew it was on,” he stated.
Brenneman’s track of choice, Diddy-Dirty Money’s “I’m Coming Home” (Although, going with Wiz Khalifa’s “Black And Yellow” wouldn’t have been a bad choice considering Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin was sitting front row):