Long-time fans of Spike TV's reality show, Pros vs. Joes
, might recognize new UFC signee Charlie Brenneman
from season one of the show. Brenneman, who will make his UFC debut at UFN 21
against Jason High
on March 31, won the first season of the show in 2006 while he was a Spanish teacher living in Pennsylvania.
In 2007, the former collegiate wrestler embarked on a MMA career, and after winning 10 of his first 11 fights, "The Spaniard" signed a deal with the UFC in February.
"The pros were awesome. They understood that to us, it was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is the coolest thing in the world,' so they were cool with us," the 29-year-old Brenneman (10-1) said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour
"I was teaching at the time and I was just really bored outside of my job and I got this random e-mail and I thought, Awesome. So I just talked myself up about how great I was and they bit on it and before I knew it I was on TV."
And now that Brenneman is making a living as a professional fighter, he wants to be the first Joe to return to the show as a Pro.
"I'm hoping they come up with a couple of more seasons so I can go back and be in it. Maybe be a pro. I think that's a pretty good story line."
The newest season of the show premieres April 27
on Spike, so it appears as though Brenneman missed out on this one. But here's hoping he gets a shot to make reality TV history in the near future.
As for his fight against "The Kansas City Bandit", Brenneman realizes that High (9-2), a DREAM and Affliction veteran, will be just as hungry as he is to pick up his first UFC win, but he hopes that his ability to dictate the pace of the fight will be the difference maker.
"I think we're pretty similar fighters. You know, my base is wrestling, his base is wrestling. One thing I always count on is being in better shape than the other guy and imposing my will. You know, everyone comes in, they're all ready to go, but when you kind of impose your will and prevent them from doing what they want to do, their mind frame changes completely, and that's my goal."