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Charlie Brenneman, a fairly charismatic fellow, has been in the press lately after he's been openly critical of Jon Jones' decision to not fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 151. He took to twitter, not allowing his voice to go unheard, repeatedly and deliberately blaming Jon Jones for him not having a fight this Saturday.
With Bradley putting his word in, it makes the situation a little different to look at, with Brenneman coming off looking like a hypocrite. The fight in question was supposed to go down at UFC on Versus 4, when Brenneman's original opponent, TJ Grant, had to pull out of his fight. According to Bradley, he was offered as a replacement, but Charlie turned down the fight. However, Brenneman did end up picking up his most significant win to date, defeating Rick Story at the event, so the situation is fairly different from Jones'. Even so, if a guy is complaining about someone turning down fights on short notice, when he has done so himself, it doesn't end up making him look good. We'll see if this twitter beef goes anywhere, and maybe we'll get a small grudge match.
Update: Charlie has responded to this situation on twitter:
To clarify, i did turn down a fight once. Reason, it was out of my wt class. Two days later, i fought rick story.
— Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA) September 2, 2012
Update #2: Bradley explains the situation on his personal facebook page:
Just to clarify this story, here is a brief description of what happened.
The UFC contacted me the Wed of the UFC fight in Pittsburgh to ask me to step in for TJ Grant against Brenneman. I happily excepted the fight at 170lbs even tho I had about 20lbs to cut. In good faith the UFC called me back about 30 minutes later to tell me they were going to allow me 5lbs so it was to be a catchweight at 175. At this point I was on cloud nine and now we were just waiting to hear back if Brennemans camp accepted, mind u this was well before Marquardt dropped out in the fight with Rick Story. Sadly I received a call about an hour later telling me Brennemans camp and team did not accept the fight. Hope this answers a lot of the questions that the article misses. Lots of people/comments and even Brenneman are saying they didn't accept bcuz the fight was in a different weight class. This is far from the truth. I hate calling people out, talking trash ect but I have kept this to myself for so long and with his recent comments about Jon Jones turning down fights I just couldn't bite my tongue any longer.