The Spaniard

The Fighter

The Speaker


Learn to be BOLD.

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Learning gets you what you want.

You can learn your way to confidence and courage. You can learn your way out of mediocrity. It takes consistent hard work, and you have to believe it’s possible, but it is indeed possible.

For much of my life, I was a very good athlete, but always just shy of elite. Then, at 24, I had a mindset shift (thanks to a reality TV stint on “Pros vs. Joes”) and LEARNED to bulldoze through all of that self-imposed doubt and limitation; in 2011, I was ranked #7 in the world in professional mixed martial arts (MMA).

My content (talks, workshops, podcasts, books) is designed to teach you to be BOLD. I have developed a systematic approach to learning and teaching that is easy to consume. It is built upon the 5 Elements of Excellence (Vision, Values, Success, Accountability and Surroundings).

Please utilize all of the resources I offer, and Learn to be BOLD.

– Spaniard

the fighter

In 2007, I left the comfort of my 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. I’ve fought at every level of the industry, including an 11-fight UFC career. After upsetting #6 ranked Rick Story in 2011, my life change as I skyrocketed into the world rankings and went head-to-head with the best fighters in the world, such as UFC Champion Johny Hendricks and current top-ranked light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

The key ingredient in my climb to the top – HARD WORK.


The Speaker

I’ve transitioned my experiences as a professional fighter into professional speaking and mentoring.

Having fought the scariest men on Earth, taught junior and senior high Spanish, won a reality TV show on national television and read incessantly for many years, I call upon my matrix of personal experience and knowledge to inspire you, challenge you and make you believe.

I’ve been knocked out cold on live television, and I’ve lived out my own “Rocky” story in front of a million people. Through traditional keynotes, workshops and Power Conversations, you’ll get an inside look at what it takes to compete, and win, at the highest levels.

Character References

  • 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, Inc.
  • 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 Champion
  • 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
  • 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, Stay Fly Muay Thai