Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan (born October 12, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist who last competed in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor from 1994 until 2012, he competed for the UFC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, King of the Cage and Shooto. He is a former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion and former King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Champion. He is also one of 18 fighters to compete in the -77 kg division at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in 2005. Chris was also the founder of Nogi Industries, a Mixed martial arts clothing company. In 2014 Chris was inducted in to the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Chris is the owner and founder of Next Generation MMA. After retiring from MMA competition Chris switched his focus back to grappling events and also entered and won the No-Gi Black Belt World Championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015 was also the 2014 Nogi Pan American Champion.
|Born||October 12, 1971|
Compton, California, United States
|Other names||The Westside Strangler|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Team||Next Generation MMA|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||1994-2009, 2012, 2015|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brennan was born in Compton, California but soon moved to Orange County before settling in Laguna Hills and Huntington Beach, California where he spent the next 10 years. Growing up, Brennan claims that he lived in at least 19 different homes and played baseball and soccer but was ultimately more interested in individual sports such as bodybuilding, surfing, gymnastics, and motocross. While working as a bouncer, Brennan saw UFC 1 and was motivated by the dominant performance of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. Brennan soon began training with Gracie himself and received his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in only seven years. Brennan later became the first no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor in the United States.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Brennan made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1996 and compiled a record of 4–1–1 before being signed by the UFC.
Brennan made his UFC debut against Courtney Turner at the UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament on March 13, 1998 and won via armbar submission in the first round. In his next fight later that night, Brennan lost to future five-time champion, Pat Miletich via submission.
King of the CageEdit
Brennan made his King of the Cage debut against future King of the Cage Lightweight Champion Joe Stevenson and won via submission. In his next fight, Brennan fought against future MFC Lightweight Champion Antonio McKee for the King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship and won via knockout with a head kick. In his first title defense, Brennan was defeated by Joe Hurley after he was knocked out from elbows.
On August 4, 2001 Brennan defeated Kevin Hogan via armbar submission to become the new King of the Cage Middleweight Champion and then in his next fight, successfully defended his title against Steve Berger. After a one-fight stint with the UFC at UFC 35, a loss to Gil Castillo, Brennan won two more fights outside of King of the Cage before returning to defend his title again, this time against John Alessio. Brennan was defeated via TKO.
Brennan went 0–2 in Shooto, losing a controversial decision to Takanori Gomi before he made his PRIDE debut on October 5, 2003 at Bushido 1 against Eiji Mitsuoka and won via kimura submission in the first round. In his next appearance for the organization, he faced Daiju Takase a year later at Bushido 2 and lost via unanimous decision.
Since his last fight in PRIDE, Brennan has gone 2–2, competing for Cage Rage and King of the Cage.
Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit
- King of the Cage
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
As a professional MMA fighter his 21 wins were: 18 first round submissions, 1 second round submission, 1 second round KO, and 1 three round unanimous decision, a 95% finish rate, amongst the highest in MMA.
POST MMA CAREEREdit
- 2013 IBJJF Black-Belt No-Gi World Champion
- 2014 IBJJF Black-Belt No-Gi World Champion
- 2015 IBJJF Black-Belt No-Gi World Champion
- 2014 Pan-Am No-Gi Champion
- Between 2013 and 2015 in 20 grappling matches only four total points scored against
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||21 wins||14 losses|
|Win||21–14–1||Brandon Gaines||Submission (kimura)||KOTC: Aerial Assault||June 30, 2012||1||1:31||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||20–14–1||Marvin Babe||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Bad Intentions 2||April 11, 2012||1||0:33||Oklahoma, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Loss||19–14–1||Quinn Mulhern||Submission (omoplata)||KOTC: Militia||June 11, 2009||1||2:01||California, United States|
|Loss||19–13–1||Jean Silva||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 23||September 22, 2007||2||2:26||London, England|
|Win||19–12–1||Adam DiSabato||Submission (toe hold)||GFC: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||2:11||Ohio, United States|
|Loss||18–12–1||Tatsuya Kawajiri||TKO (strikes)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||0:29||Nagoya, Japan||Lightweight (73 kg) bout.|
|Loss||18–11–1||Vitor Ribeiro||Submission (swollen eye)||GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House||March 3, 2006||2||3:25||Ohio, United States|
|Win||18–10–1||Shannon Ritch||Submission (guillotine choke)||RM 7: Championship Night||December 11, 2005||1||1:19||Mexico|
|Win||17–10–1||Mark Moreno||Submission (armbar)||X-1 Challengers||July 2, 2005||1||1:14||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||16–10–1||Daiju Takase||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 2||February 15, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||16–9–1||Eiji Mitsuoka||Submission (kimura)||PRIDE Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||1||4:31||Saitama, Japan||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||15–9–1||Jason St. Louis||Submission (armbar)||Adrenaline Fighting Championships 1||July 24, 2003||1||4:20||Canada|
|Loss||14–9–1||Rob Emerson||Submission (achilles lock)||Hitman Fighting 3||May 2, 2003||N/A||N/A||Santa Ana, California, United States|
|Loss||14–8–1||Takaharu Murahama||Submission (achilles lock)||Shooto: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall||January 24, 2003||1||2:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–7–1||Takanori Gomi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Treasure Hunt 10||September 16, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||14–6–1||Shannon Ritch||Submission (armbar)||Aztec Challenge 1||September 6, 2002||1||4:50||Mexico|
|Loss||13–6–1||John Alessio||TKO (punches)||KOTC 15: Bad Intentions||June 22, 2002||1||2:20||California, United States||Lost King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–5–1||Thomas Denny||Submission (armbar)||Gladiator Challenge 11||April 20, 2002||1||3:12||California, United States|
|Win||12–5–1||John Chrisostomo||Submission (keylock)||Warriors Quest 4: Genesis||March 29, 2002||1||4:10||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||11–5–1||Gil Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||11–4–1||Steve Berger||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 11: Domination||September 29, 2001||3||5:00||California, United States||Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||10–4–1||Kevin Hogan||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 10: Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||2||1:08||California, United States||Won King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||9–4–1||Robert Wynne||Submission (armbar)||Reality Submission Fighting 1||October 6, 2000||1||1:05||Illinois, United States|
|Loss||8–4–1||Joe Hurley||KO (elbows)||KOTC 5: Cage Wars||September 16, 2000||1||4:30||California, United States||Lost King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship.|
|Win||8–3–1||Antonio McKee||KO (head kick)||KOTC 3: Knockout Nightmare||April 15, 2000||2||0:09||California, United States||Won King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship.|
|Win||7–3–1||Joe Stevenson||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC 1: Bas Rutten's King of the Cage||October 30, 1999||1||2:04||California, United States|
|Loss||6–3–1||Steve Gomm||Submission (knees)||Bas Rutten Invitational 3||June 1, 1999||1||2:27||Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–2–1||Steve Horton||Submission (guillotine choke)||Extreme Challenge 22||November 21, 1998||1||2:13||Utah, United States|
|Loss||5–2–1||Pat Miletich||Submission (choke)||UFC 16||March 13, 1998||1||9:02||Louisiana, United States||UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Finals.|
|Win||5–1–1||Courtney Turner||Submission (armbar)||UFC 16||March 13, 1998||1||1:20||Louisiana, United States||UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Reserve Bout.|
|Loss||4–1–1||Pat Miletich||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge Trials||November 15, 1997||1||30:00||Iowa, United States|
|Draw||4–0–1||Pat Miletich||Draw||Extreme Challenge 9||August 30, 1997||1||20:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Delcio Delcio||Submission (guillotine choke)||Carioca de Freestyle||February 10, 1996||1||4:46||Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Steve Oliver||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Independent Event||January 24, 1996||1||1:52||Mississippi, United States|
|Win||2–0||Randal Kemp||Submission (armbar)||Independent Event||January 24, 1996||1||1:35||Mississippi, United States|
|Win||1–0||Scott Carter||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||Independent Event||January 5, 1996||1||2:12||California, United States|
- "Chris Brennan's MMA record".retrieved April 6, 2012
- "2005 ADCC results". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30.retrieved April 6, 2012