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Charlie Brenneman gets the call to face Beneil Dariush
Jason High has been forced to pull out of his upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night in Atlanta due to emergency surgery after experiencing an appendicitis over the New Year's holiday.
With High out of the bout, his opponent Beneil Dariush will now face returning UFC lightweight Charlie Brenneman, who accepts the fight on just about two week's notice from the card taking place
Dariush first announced the possible matchup with Brenneman on Twitter and subsequent sources confirmed the news to FOX Sports on Thursday.
Brenneman (19-5) exited the UFC in 2012 following back to back losses to Erick Silva and Kyle Noke, but after leaving the Octagon the one-time welterweight decided a move to 155 pounds was best for his career.
Since that time, Brenneman has racked up a perfect 4-0 record including three wins via submission in that time. A training partner of UFC stalwarts like Jim Miller, Brenneman is a tough as nails wrestler with a slick submission game and hard nosed standup.
As he returns to the UFC, Brenneman will now get a second chance to prove his worth while competing at a completely new weight class.