After 16 months away from the UFC, Charlie Brenneman will return later this month for a short-notice fight against Beneil Dariush.
Brenneman (19-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) will step in for Jason High (18-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) to fight Dariush (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 35.
High late Wednesday tweeted that a ruptured appendix and subsequent surgery would take him out of the fight, and Dariush later tweeted word of the booking. A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the fight to MMAjunkie. The person spoke on condition of anonymity since the fight has not yet been officially announced.
UFC Fight Night 35 takes place Jan. 15 at Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The eventís main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following four prelims on the same channel and a pair of prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the promotionís new digital network. Brenneman vs. Dariush is part of the main card.