Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman  (15-3) walks into the Octagon at UFC on FX 3 this Friday night at the Bank Atlantic Center with nothing to lose.

His opponent, Erick Silva, has made big waves since bursting onto the UFC scene by displaying his breathtakingly fast knockouts.  However, the 31-year-old knows that with his wrestling skills he’s going to be able to push the fight.

Many feel that Silva’s just going to walk through Brenneman much the same way he’s finished 10 of his 13 opponents.  The underdog role, however, is all too familiar for The Spaniard, who ended Rick Story’s ride to the top by placing his talented wrestling skills at the forefront.

“If he’s the better man and proves me wrong, I’ll have no trouble saying that I was wrong and he was much better than I thought,” Brenneman told MMAWeekly Radio.

“We’ll find out real quick if his black belt judo and jiu-jitsu is the real deal.  I promise I will put that pressure on him early.

“Yeah, I mean to me those are the guys I want to fight a la Rick Story.  He hasn’t really proven that much in the UFC, however, if you hear the talk it sounds like he’s the next Anderson Silva. So I’d like to put a halt to that freight train.”

Brenneman knows if he is to able derail Silva’s momentum that he’ll be able to get some of the respect he deserves in the welterweight division. And for the recently married man, his fight against Silva this Friday at UFC on FX 3 has double the payout.

“He’s got such a big name, yet he hasn’t proven too much, so that’s like having cake and getting to eat it too.  I get to fight a big name who hasn’t really proved themselves and so that’s all the better because it’s better than fighting a big name who’s beats the crap out of everybody.”

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