At least one person has benefited from Nate Marquardt’s removal from the UFC on Versus 4 main event, as his replacement Charlie Brenneman took home the biggest win of his career by defeating Rick Story.
Marquardt was removed from the main event against Story after failing his pre-fight medicals and Brenneman, who was to fight TJ Grant before Grant pulled out of the bout, was brought in as a replacement against “Horror.” The Pennsylvania native made good on his big opportunity and beat Story at his own game en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Story wasn’t going to go quietly, but Brenneman took control of the fight fairly early on, taking Story out of his element by putting him on his back and controlling him for a good portion of the first frame. The second frame showed more of the same, with Brenneman able to out-wrestle Story and avoid any of the big power shots that “Horror” was becoming known for.
Story came out hard in the third, giving Brenneman plenty of trouble by threatening with submissions and reversing position late in the round to land in mount. “The Spaniard” showed heart and good instincts though in fighting out of the bad position and ending the last stanza on top of Story.
With the victory, the 30-year-old Brenneman improves his record to 14-2 and steals all of the momentum that Story had built up over his last six fights. Story falls to 13-4 and returns to the drawing board.