Short of getting jumped on the way to the arena, this is about as close as you can cut it for constructing a fight-winning gameplan.
Charlie Brenneman, who went from high to low to ultra-high, made the most of the 24 hours he was given to prepare for his welterweight clash against Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 last Sunday night (June 26) from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
"The Spaniard" originally stepped in on short notice to replace Matt Riddle against T.J. Grant; however, the Canadian grappler was felled by illness just a few days before the event, forcing the cancellation of their pending scrap.
Then Nate Marquardt went and got himself fired for screwing up his pre-fight medicals, creating a convenient opening at 170-pounds in Brenneman's home state of Pennsylvania.
So, what did the former collegiate division one wrestler do on one day's notice?
"As fighters, we think we have an advantage in everything," Brenneman told Sherdog.com. "I knew standing in the pocket and trading with him probably wouldn't be the smartest thing to do because he just beat Thiago Alves who is one of the best strikers in the division. I personally thought my wrestling would be able to beat him. In the 24 hours we had to gameplan it was 'Charlie, we're gonna beat him at his own game. We're gonna wrestle him, we're gonna dirty box him and we're gonna take him down.'"
Aside from a couple of close calls on the ground, "The Spaniard's" gameplan was spot-on.
The win over Story, who was seen as one of the division's top prospects, will likely earn Brenneman another high-profile fight in his next appearance. The question is, can he capitalize on it?
The welterweight division has been shaken up, Maniacs.