He was unexpectedly cast after submitting his application to participate in the reality game show, but he won the competition alongside his older brother Ben. Joes show, Brenneman resigned from his high school teaching job to pursue a mixed martial arts fighting career.

During his amateur career, Brenneman compiled a 5–0 undefeated record.

He continued his education, earning his Master of Arts from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in Sports Management.

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Charles "Charlie" Brenneman (born February 9, 1981) is a former American mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their Lightweight division.

He was also the winner of the first season of the television show Pros vs Joes.

In an attempt to maintain his momentum, he quickly turned professional, debuting on July 28, 2007, against Marcello Olivera.

Brenneman also earned a 5–0 record at the professional level through early 2008, with a notable split-decision victory over Drew Puzon at the Sho XC event on January 25, 2008.

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Brenneman made his comeback to competition on September 12, 2008, against John Howard, but suffered the first loss of his career.

Because of the defeat, the self-trained Brenneman decided to join the AMA Fight Club, and went on to win his next six bouts before being offered a contract for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Brenneman was born to Charles and Marie Brenneman in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the youngest of the four Brenneman children.

He wrestled throughout his elementary and high school career.

In his next fight, Brenneman lost to Johny Hendricks at UFC 117 via TKO in the second round.