27 Jan 2010 16:23:57 PM
(He’d prefer cash, but if you’ve got some spare ligaments laying around he’ll take those too.)
Razak Al-Hassan, the fighter best known for the grisly arm injury he suffered after he absolutely refused to tap out against Steve Cantwell, has received his walking papers from the UFC, according to Five Ounces of Pain. This is one we probably should have seen coming. The arm-popping loss to Cantwell happened in Al-Hassan’s UFC debut at the injury-riddled Fight For The Troops event in December of 2008. That kept him out of action for a good chunk of the following year, though he still claimed to adhere to a tapping-out-is-for-bitches mentality.
When he finally returned in 2009 Al-Hassan lost a split decision against Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 104 to drop him to 0-2 in the Octagon, which is the equivalent of calling in sick to your first day of work at a regular job, and then showing up late, reeking of weed on your second day. You may not always get fired, but no one will be surprised if you do.
Best of luck finding a new fighting home, Razak, and don’t get down on yourself. Plenty of guys with good records elsewhere struggle in the UFC, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t good fighters. Just look at Tiki Ghosn. We’re not making you feel any better, are we?