Charlie Brenneman has been dropped by the UFC.
The welterweight wrestling stylist - known as ‘The Spaniard’ in tribute to Russell Crowe’s Gladiator character - announced his departure from the roster via his personal Twitter account.
“ Im gone but not forgotten. Ill be bak soon! Thx @ufc @danawhite for the opportunities, and especially to all my loyal fans!!! C u all soon!” he wrote.
His departure was prompted by a 1-3 run in his last four fights, culminating in back-to-back losses to Erick Silva and Kyle Noke respectively. He leaves the UFC with a 4-4 record in the organisation.
Brenneman’s profile increased drastically in June last year when he stepped in to fight Rick Story on a day’s notice after Nate Marquardt was deemed to have failed his TRT exemption requirements and was removed from the bout.
He beat Story in a shock upset, derailing Story’s title campaign in the process, but could not maintain that momentum. In his next fights he went on the 1-3 run that presaged his departure from the top MMA league.