The first fight of UFC 152 is a rescheduled matchup from UFC 151. Kyle Noke (19-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) of TUF 11 fame makes his welterweight debut against grinding wrestler Charlie Brenneman (15-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the UFC's return to Toronto, Canada. Brenneman is ranked #24 in the SB Nation MMA Consensus Rankings while Noke is obviously unranked.
Noke is desperate for a win following consecutive losses at middleweight, while Brenneman is really looking for some consistency after lopsided losses in 2 of his last 3 fights. You can catch this fight live on the UFC's Facebook page at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT before the televised preliminary card on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Brenneman: 31 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach
Noke: 32 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach
What have these two done recently?
Brenneman: L - Erick Silva (SUB) | W - Daniel Roberts (UD) | L - Anthony Johnson (TKO)
Noke: L - Andrew Craig (UD) | L - Ed Herman (SUB) | W - Chris Camozzi (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Brenneman came into the UFC with an 11-1 record, and got off to an auspicious start by beating Jason High in his promotional debut in March 2010. His 2nd fight was not as successful, as Johny Hendricks stopped him with strikes in the 2nd round at UFC 117. "The Spaniard" found his signature moment in the Octagon when he replaced Nate Marquardt on short notice at UFC on Versus 4, and upset Rick Story via unanimous decision, catapulting him near title consideration. Since then, he's lost 2 out of 3 in fairly uncompetitive fights against Anthony Johnson and Erick Silva. Charlie is the significant favorite in this one and for now it's all a matter of getting in the win column before thinking about rebuilding his rise to the top 15 of the division.
Noke, who previously served as a bodyguard for the late Steve Irwin, was a quarterfinalist on season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. He was impressive enough to earn a spot on the season finale card, where he stopped Josh Bryant en route to a 3-0 start to his UFC career. A heel-hook loss to Ed Herman and a tough decision to Andrew Craig have set him back, and he's made a major career move in dropping to 170 lbs for the first time. His back is against the wall and he doesn't have much wiggle room for a 3rd loss in a row.
Why should you care?
These guys are desperate for a win. Noke at welterweight is an interesting experiment given his size and reach, but Brenneman is the perfect test for his skill level, particularly his takedown defense.
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