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Charlie Brenneman Hopes For Big Stage Return With Drop To Lightweight

After going 4-4, Charlie Brenneman was handed his UFC release and has since decided to cut down to lightweight. In his return to Valley Fight League in January, he submitted Eric Irvin with a rear-naked choke in the second round to earn his first lightweight win.

Going forward, Brenneman looks to continue as a lighter fighter and make a return to the big stage.

“The guys are a lot less huge, so it’s nice,” said Brenneman to MMA Linker. “I’m trying to get some groundwork then look towards the next level, wherever that may be. The UFC is the biggest show in the world so I’d love to fight there. I hope to make it back.”

Brenneman’s latest UFC stint saw him drop to 1-3 after losing a pair of first round stoppages. His last fight under the UFC banner was against Kyle Noke at UFC 152.

The two were supposed to fight at UFC 151, before the whole card was cancelled when Jon Jones refused to defend his light heavyweight championship on short notice when Dan Henderson went down with a knee injury. Brenneman was critical of Jones’ actions and sent out a tweet asking the champion if he was going to pay his rent. Jones never responded.

The future looks bright according to Brenneman, who wants to fight any time in the next three months.

“I like the weight class,” said Brenneman. “At 155 [pounds] I truly believe I can be the best in the world. I just need a platform for that to happen.”