Within minutes of UFC President Dana White announcing that Jon Jones had turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen and that UFC 151 was cancelled, fighters from the card began complaining. One of the more outspoken of those was welterweight fighter Charlie Brenneman who took to twitter to express his frustration.
Fighters on the UFC 151 fight card were not given any pre-warning of the cancellation by the UFC prior to White’s announcement to the media. As the fans learned of the news, so did the fighters. For Brenneman, he found out after his phone was full of messages following a training session in preparation for his fight with Kyle Noke.
His initial reaction mirrored those of the fans, but now that the dust has settled he’s put it behind him and moved on, well sort of…..
“I don’t care to comment on that (speaking on UFC 151). Things were done, decisions were made, doesn’t much matter what I think,” said Brenneman.
Yea, there are still some issues there but at least he is able to look on the bright side since his fight ended up being rescheduled just three weeks later. “To be honest, I think it has helped. Gave me a few extra weeks to get better and I’ve never been to Canada, so that’s a plus too,” Brenneman explained.
Without a doubt the extra 21 days of training in the gym can only help him physically but let’s not devalue what the extra time has done to mentally re-prepare Charlie Brenneman for his bout with Kyle Noke. The unique situation put many people, including Brenneman on “tilt” and the extra three weeks has allowed him to put things far enough behind him to be 100% focused on the task at hand.
In actuality, Charlie Brenneman and Kyle Noke were one of the lucky ones coming out of the UFC 151 cancellation. Other than Jon Jones, the remaining 18 fighters were spread across the final three months of the year. The Charlie Brenneman versus Kyle Noke welterweight bout will open the UFC 152 preliminary action on Facebook, starting at approximately 3:30 pm PT.