Brenneman was finished in the first round in both of his most recent fights, first by Erick Silva (rear-naked choke), and then Kyle Noke (TKO) at UFC 152.
Following a meteoric rise through the welterweight division on the back of his victory over the then-surging Rick Story, Brenneman has had a rough time of things losing in two debated TKO stoppages.
Brenneman fell to Anthony Johnson by way of a brutal head kick and, most recently, Kyle Noke, who, in his first tilt at his new home at welterweight, used his range and superior striking to outclass the American. Noke dropped him dramatically, causing the referee to wave off any further action.
Brenneman has struggled to find consistency and the necessary openings to utilize his wrestling, perhaps his greatest strength. As a result, he has not looked to be overly comfortable in his last eight bouts, going 4-4.
He won only two of those fights consecutively. In the perception of many fans, and seemingly his employers, he has not managed to live up to his potential.
Brenneman, however, seems confident (via BloodyElbow.com) he will return to the Octagon. With a few decent wins on the regional circuit, he should be back in the fray in the not-too-distant future.