It's not the most traditional career path, but Charlie Brenneman can say it got him where he wanted to go.
The season one winner on the Spike reality show "Pros vs. Joes," Brenneman recently accomplished another, more significant athletic goal, signing a four-fight deal with the UFC.
Brenneman (10-1), a welterweight, trains out of AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, the same team that has produced UFC's fighting Miller brothers. A former collegiate wrestler at Lock Haven University, Brenneman left a teaching career behind a few years ago to chase his MMA dreams.
Currently riding a five-fight win streak, his only career loss came at the hands of current UFC welterweight John Howard in a decision.
In 2006, prior to beginning his pro MMA career, Brenneman won season one of the Spike show "Pros vs. Joes," competing against athletes like Kevin Greene, Dominique Wilkins and yes, Herschel Walker.
He had his first pro fight in July 2007, and within six months, he was making his major organization debut for EliteXC. He fought for the company once, defeating Drew Puzon via decision in his fifth pro fight.
Brenneman signed his UFC deal on his 29th birthday.