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Two welterweight grapplers looking to get back in the win column will collide in Nashville when Charlie Brenneman takes on Daniel Roberts at UFC on FX 1. Roberts announced the match-up on his Twitter account today:
I fight Charlie Brenneman Jan.20th on the UFC on FX 1 in Nashville ,TN
Brenneman attracted a lot of attention when he defeated Rick Story in what was seen as a major upset at UFC on Versus 4 in Brenneman's hometown of Pittsburgh. The standout wrestler from Lock Haven University was immediately thrust into the spotlight and put into a high-profile bout against Anthony Johnson at UFC on Versus 6 in October. Unfortunately for Brenneman, he succumbed to the dynamic striking and power of "Rumble" and was TKOd in under three minutes.
Roberts also found himself in a good position within the UFC's welterweight ranks after a three-fight winning streak from late 2010 to early 2011 that included consecutive submission wins against Mike Guymon and Greg Soto. The BJJ brown belt who trains with Team Cesar Gracie couldn't keep the momentum going in his next fight, where his dynamic submission skills were smothered by the much more technically proficient grappling of Claude Patrick. Roberts then filled in on short notice in a fight against Rich Attonito, but the lack of a full training camp showed as he found himself out of gas in the heat of the fight, leading to another decision loss.
Charlie Brenneman (14-3)
L Anthony Johnson (TKO) - UFC on Versus 6
W Rick Story (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 4
W Amilcar Alves (unam. decision) - UFC Fight for the Troops 2
Daniel "Ninja" Roberts (12-3)
L Rich Attonito (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 4
L Claude Patrick (unam. decision) - UFC 129
W Greg Soto (submission - kimura) - UFC 125