Welterweights Brenneman, Johnson Headed for Oct. 1 Showdown
Anthony Johnson (above) and Charlie Brenneman are likely to
meet. | Photo: Dave Mandel
will likely collide in a pivotal welterweight tilt at a
event on Oct. 1.
Brenneman first hinted at the matchup via Twitter on Saturday
afternoon, and the UFC acknowledged the pairing shortly thereafter.
While neither party mentioned when the fight would go down,
Sherdog.com was able to confirm Oct. 1 as the tentative bout date
with a source close to the situation. The location of the unnamed
event is currently unknown.
Last seen upsetting Rick Story at
UFC Live 4 on June 26, Brenneman has gone 3-1 in the UFC since
joining the promotion in March 2010. After outpointing Jason High in
his debut, “The Spaniard” suffered his first and only Octagon
defeat to date, falling by TKO to Johny
Hendricks. Brenneman rebounded from the loss with consecutive
victories, however, outpointing Amilcar
Alves in January before stepping up on only one day's notice to
defeat Story after Nate
Marquardt was pulled from the UFC Live 4 main event.
Marquardt was initially expected to face Johnson in that June 26
headliner before “Rumble” was forced to withdraw with an injury.
Known as one of the largest welterweights in the game, Johnson has
had trouble making the 170-pound limit in the past. However, the
Californian has provided fight fans with multiple exciting finishes
during his UFC stint, knocking out Tommy Speer, Yoshiyuki
Yoshida and Luigi
Fioravanti, among others. The 27-year-old most recently
competed at Fight Night 24 in March, using his superior wrestling
to ground British bomber Dan Hardy and
cruise to a unanimous decision victory.
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