Charlie Brenneman stepped in as an ultra-late replacement for Nate Marquardt this evening against Rick Story and proceeded to produce a shock upset result in a gritty three round battle.
A clearly energized Brenneman had a big first round, matching Story in the early striking and grappling exchanges, and then succeeding in putting Story flat on his back, an unfamiliar position for the wrestler.
While Brenneman isn’t able to land a great deal of offense from the position he’s doing enough to keep the fight from standing, and as such is winning the round.
Bouyed by his first round showing, Brenneman quickly goes for takedown again in the second, and succeeds. Story manages to find his way to his feet, but after a brief flurry of strikes against the cage he finds himself taken down again and Brenneman again manages to control Story on the mat.
It’s not exciting, but it is effective and Brenneman’s now two rounds up after accepting this fight with one of the divisions top contenders on just a day’s notice.
Story knows he has to do something big in the final round to retain his six fight unbeaten run and he comes out aggressively at the opening bell.
Brenneman again goes for the takedown and this time Story is ready for it and immediately looks for a submission, threatening with a kimura. Brenneman is defending though and as Story continues to struggle to apply it the referee opts to stand them back up.
Brefore long Brenneman is swooping down for another takedown and again Story tries to combat it with a submission, this time opting for a triangle choke. It’s a worrying time for Brenneman but he stays patient and works himself free.
Really pushing the pace now Story gets Brenneman up against the fence and manages to get into full mount. Brenneman is doing his best to lockdown Story’s offense though and does a good job before finally managing to find some space to escape from the position.
Story again desparately looks for a kimura but the clock is against him now and Brenneman makes it to the final bell.
Brenneman immediately leaps to his feet and celebrates, confident that he’s pulled off the upset win, and he’s right – all three judges see it his way by 29-28.
It’s a big moment for ‘The Spaniard’, taking him to 3-1 in the UFC and handing him his most high profile win to date, while a dejected Story sees his six fight winning streak come undone against a fighter that wasn’t even on his radar just 24 hours ago.