The Spaniard

Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, speaker and mentor.

Following a successful high school wrestling career, Charlie took his talents to Lock Haven University where he achieved a top 12 finish at Division I Nationals and 1st Team All-Academic honors. After teaching Spanish for 3 years and securing a victory on Spike TV’s “Pros vs. Joes,” Charlie decided to leave his job to pursue a Master’s Degree and began his professional fighting career; “The Spaniard” was born.

In 2011, he was ranked as high as #7 in the world. “The Spaniard” has fought at the highest level of the sport in three countries around the world. He currently lives in PA with his wife and daughter.


In 2007, “The Spaniard” left the comfort of his hometown and full-time job as a Spanish teacher to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

What started out as a dream soon turned into reality. “The Spaniard” has fought at every level of the industry, including an 11-fight UFC career. After upsetting #6 ranked Rick Story in 2011, Charlie skyrocketed into the world rankings and went head-to-head with the best fighters in the world, such as UFC Champion Johny Hendricks and #1 ranked light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

“The Spaniard” is currently training for his next opportunity inside the cage.


“The Spaniard” has transitioned his experiences as a professional fighter into a professional speaker and mentor.

While illustrating specific principles and examples that helped propel him to the top of the fighting world, Charlie explores concepts such as success and failure, which serve as keystones in his messages. “The Spaniard” speaks directly to each audience, providing examples that are both relevant and practical. After spending time with Charlie, his audience will walk away with actionable steps to aid in their journeys of self-actualization.

“The Spaniard” has a strong desire to positively influence kids and teens, especially young wrestlers. Through one-on-one mentoring and small group settings, Charlie is able to pass on, first-hand, some of his most important guiding principles that helped him achieve his goal of fighting in the UFC. Fill out the form below for booking.


  • Frankie Edgar

    Charlie and I go back to college wrestling days, and ever since I’ve known him he has been a hard working goal driven person. We started working together early in his MMA career and he used his work ethic and passion for competing to reach his goals. Charlie has always been a class act and carries himself like a professional.

    Frankie Edgar
    UFC Fighter, Former UFC Champion
  • Rusty Amato

    On behalf of the EPC SAC Council we thank you for speaking to our student athletes last Wednesday. Your journey is one that student athletes can relate to and your presentation is one that captures and keeps their attention. As I watched the student’s faces they were captivated… listening, laughing, raising their hands and connecting your stories to their own lives. Some speakers just present a power point and a message while you made the lesson come alive.

    Rusty Amato
    Assistant Principal, Nazareth High School
  • Scott Moore

    We recently had Charlie Brenneman as our keynote speaker for our end of the year awards banquet at Lock Haven. His preparation and poise during the presentation captivated the audience’s attention from the first word. His ability to relate to the diverse audience while sending a powerful message to the student-athletes in the room was on point. Having wrestled at Lock Haven, Charlie’s passion for the sport and character that it builds showed in his emotions as he told his story of success and failure throughout his journey in the UFC. As he told his story, a consistent message of integrity, character and passion exhumed from his body, something he had learned from over twenty years of competing in the great sport of wrestling and martial arts. A true success story and proud LHU Alum doing what he does best, entertaining the audience

    Scott Moore
    Head Wrestling Coach, Lock Haven University
  • Louie Sheetz

    Undoubtedly it’s a person’s upbringing and support that builds core character. Charlie had one of the finest in each regard. Parents who guided and encouraged him and a family as well as community that provided sustained levels of assistance and approval. But the drive and accomplishment has been all his own. Charlie embodies the true nature of budding ambition and determination. Mixed with a strong curiosity to see what else is possible he has experienced and accomplished many extraordinary things in his life. We are all very proud of him.

    Louie Sheetz
    Sheetz Bros., Inc.
  • Mike Constantino

    I have known Charlie for approximately 7 years. I have been at his side for so many ups & downs that life has thrown his way and I am most impressed at how Charlie handled both adversity & bliss. Charlie has such strong family & moral values and is highly intelligent, charming and physically gifted as an athlete. He truly is the total package which makes it even more impressive considering his never ending thirst for additional knowledge and continued betterment. I am very blessed to have shared so many of life’s special moments with such a great person.

    Mike Constantino
    Trainager (Trainer/Manager)
  • Justin Greskiewicz

    Charlie Brenneman is nothing short of a super hero whose mutant power is his simple unquestioning belief that he can accomplish absolutely anything he decides to. Infectious passion, unshakable determination, insatiable hunger for knowledge, and an outrageous work ethic put any task within his reach. He is the most genuinely authentic human being I know… so much so that I’m sure he is an alien.

    Justin Greskiewicz
    Trainer/Professional Muay Thai Fighter