Dana White: Brenneman was 'a Rocky Story'

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com

After a series of events left Charlie Brenneman without an opponent and the event without a headliner, the hometown hero stepped in on a day's notice against red-hot welterweight Rick Story.

That decision made him fearless. A crowd-rousing walkout made him a local favorite. And his eventual victory made him nothing short of a legend, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com.

"It's the way these guys are," White said. "I was sitting next to (Pittsburgh Steelers head coach) Mike Tomlin tonight, and one of the things he was saying was that the reason he loves the UFC so much is because we make the fights. The fights always get made.

"(Brenneman's) fight tonight was a Rocky story. He's in his hometown, and he gets the shot at the guy who's hot and on his way to a title shot. He comes in and wins it. That's the thing about this sport. You never know who's going to win."

"This whole week has been a roller coaster," Brenneman said. "When we got to weigh-ins, I was told, 'You may have to wait until 3:59, or you may not even know until tomorrow if you're fighting.' What can I do other than sit there and try to remain professional and do what I do? And, well, it worked out."

\"I think this is one of the best cards we've ever, ever done," a beaming White said.

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Mitchimo site profile image  

6/27/11 5:00 PM by Mitchimo


un3rgr0und site profile image  

6/27/11 12:52 PM by un3rgr0und

I think it was one of the best fight cards, maybe the big names weren't on it but most of the fights were really good. It kind of reminded me of the Toronto PPV card where ever fight was KO or submission...except for main event hahaBut it was a great one, every fight was pretty much good...except for Joe Stevenson, washed up, no desire anymore to fight

JBob300 site profile image  

6/27/11 11:40 AM by JBob300

Pittsburgh Born and Raised.Great fight, he did what he had to do to get that W on 24 hours notice and did it against a top 10 opponent. Im glad to be a fan of the Spaniard!Now a step up in competition would be nice but probably a bit unlikely, at least not an extreme step, not that their are many more after Story. Ide like to see him in a fight that poses different problems but is still winnable for him, maybe a fight with Thiago Alves!

CaptChaos site profile image  

6/27/11 10:04 AM by CaptChaos

Charlie just turned this into a wrestling match and he was the better wrestler and scrambler... That's it in a nutshell. Every fighter has weaknesses and this is 1 of Rick's. Rick only faced 1 high level wrestler in Johnny Hendricks. That fight was pretty close too...

steampunk site profile image  

6/27/11 8:39 AM by steampunk

great job brenneman, i really liked his ability to set up his takedowns with strikes. he still looks a little green, but what a story. i guess this also begs the question, was story having an off night or has alves simply sunk that low?

blackhundred site profile image  

6/27/11 7:54 AM by blackhundred

I'm from Pittsburgh, so I'm glad to see DFW happy with the card, but I'm not feeling "one of the best cards we've ever done".