Charlie Brenneman will square off with T.J. Grant (Pictured; file photo) in a welterweight bout at UFC Live 4, the promotion announced Friday.
Brenneman steps in as a replacement for Matt Riddle, who was forced to withdraw from the contest for undisclosed reasons. UFC Live 4 goes down June 26 from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The show will air live on cable network Versus and will be headlined by Nate Marquardt’s welterweight debut, as the Grudge Training Center representative locks horns with heavy-handed Anthony Johnson. The event marks the UFC’s first trip to the Steel City.
A native Pennsylvanian, Brenneman will receive a homecoming of sorts when he takes on Grant. The AMA Fight Club fighter is a three-time UFC veteran, beginning his Octagon career last year with a unanimous decision victory over Jason High. The 30-year-old was then knocked out by fellow wrestler Johny Hendricks four months later at UFC 117, but he rebounded from only the second loss of his career by outpointing Brazilian Amilcar Alves at UFC Fight Night 23 in January.
Grant, 27, has found mixed results in his six-fight UFC career, posting a record of 3-3 since joining the promotion in 2009. He debuted in the Octagon against Ryo Chonan at UFC 97, earning a split decision over the former Pride Fighting Championships talent. Grant went on to best Julio Paulino and Kevin Burns while falling to Dong Hyun Kim and Hendricks, respectively. Most recently, the Nova Scotia-based welterweight dropped a unanimous decision to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 in December.