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Steve Cantwell Admits He Got a Little Carried Away


(In case you missed it…)

Steve Cantwell has been taking some heat for sounding so pleased with himself after bending Razak Al-Hassan’s arm like a Gumby doll at “Fight for the Troops.”  Telling Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview that he had "been waiting so long to do that,” was maybe not the best way of wishing his opponent a speedy recovery.  Now Cantwell tells MMA on Tap it was just the adrenaline talking:

“You know that was a really weird outcome to the fight. I had the arm locked in tightly and expected Razak to tap right away – then we rolled twice and it got even tighter. I was thinking to myself ‘This guy is made of rubber – this is crazy’. The only thing I could to end the fight was force the arm until either it broke or he tapped, and that’s what I did. Fighting is always a series of calculated risks, and he had ample opportunity to tap. But none of us enter the ring trying to end each others career, and I do regret the comments I made and being so animated about it afterwards. It was the adrenalin taking over.”

Fair enough, Steve.  It’s somewhat understandable.  As we’ve all observed, nothing good ever comes out of those immediate post-fight interviews.  The guy is either too pumped up, too out of breath, or too busy trying to yank his sponsor’s t-shirt down over his sponsor’s baseball cap to say anything meaningful.  Really, the best you can hope for is that he doesn’t call anyone a cocksucker or lapse into dead air when asked to talk us through the replay.

Cantwell also apparently got Al-Hassan’s phone number from the UFC and called to apologize for the comments as well as offering “some techniques and healing methods to aid Razak in his recovery.”

I’m sure that was a fun phone call.  It’s a little like the guy who stole your girlfriend giving you tips on how to get over a painful break-up.  Not to mention, does Al-Hassan really need Cantwell to tell him that three Vicodin and a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 will solve anything from a hyperextended elbow to a gnawing conscience?  I think not.

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Bootylam!- December 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Let's also not forget that Cantwell is still pretty much a KID!! Scary future for anybody who has to fight him, he's good.
gogo-jojo- December 17, 2008 at 11:19 am
A star was born in Steve Cantwell the night he systematically destroyed WEC LW champ Brian Stann in their rematch(upon inspection Stann won their first meeting with two well placed back-of-the-head-shots) He posseses an exciting Muy Tai based style and will go far in the UFC.
As for the fight 4thatroops-yes he was a bit hyped...his first showing in the UFC. It is the responsability of the fighter being submitted to tap....not the fighter pulling the armbar. Steve simply pulled the move to completion. I don't see that anyone really wants to break someone's arm....but just as a great left hook...will cause a KO...at completion...so does a well placed armbar cause a broken arm...when the oponent doesn't tap...is it not as well to hope for this as to finish with a KO I ask?
piemaster- December 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

BDG Says:
Tue, 12/16/2008 - 15:04

yea man that terrorist named fucker needs to learn how to tap. guy wanted his win bonus and he got it lol

* reply

spastic
Anonymous- December 17, 2008 at 10:26 am
I don't feel sorry for Al Hassin at all. At some point when you train you learn to tap. Yeah a fight is different and you'll try to hold on longer, but if you hold on to long then shit happens. Live with it. The cory hill thing is totally different. That's an accident. Steve's comments didn't bother me at all. Hell yeah the guy doesn't tap break their shit.
Clozer- December 17, 2008 at 10:02 am
That's not what Dana White said. He said,"Steve Cantwell is a true fucking warrior. Many other fuckers beat their opponents by kicking the shit out of them but only Steve had the balls to fucking gloat about it afterwards. That sounds more like it.
Shagen- December 17, 2008 at 9:53 am
Interesting that he now apolagizes after he got an additional 30k for his comments.

“Steve Cantwell is a true warrior” said White on the promotion’s website. “Many other fighters beat their opponents in devestating fashion tonight but only Steve had the stones to gloat about it afterwards.”
Artigale- December 17, 2008 at 7:38 am
Hey, look a chicken!!!
ksgbobo- December 17, 2008 at 6:33 am
Hey, I watch the Hills, that show has some hot ass bitches...I'd eff most of them!
Jay- December 17, 2008 at 6:29 am
He should go and bust Al-Hassan's other arm for having such and awesome 'fro.
armfarmer- December 17, 2008 at 6:07 am
Break was justified, comments afterwards weren't.

I still think he's a dick.
Bas Rutten- December 17, 2008 at 4:30 am
Cantwell was a genius, even if he had someone in a sloppy arm bar you know they would all be quick to tap. But now they just know it was an accident and he is a human with real emotions. Also a note for Razak Al-Hassan it's just pain.

Chinstroker- December 17, 2008 at 3:51 am
"Really, the best you can hope for is that he doesn’t call anyone a cocksucker or lapse into dead air when asked to talk us through the replay."

Or request that God bless God.
Dmonicideals- December 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm
All he did was celebrate. Big deal.

The last guy I beat down, i made him eat my shit, then shit out my shit, then eat his shit made up of my shit that I made him eat.

And all you motherfucks are next!


Cantwell is cool, that guy just didn't tap in time. It is possible he is very flexible, and the only way to cause pain to cause a tap WAS to break it.
ihatejardine!!alot- December 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm
Im a fan of Cantwell because of that fight. he is the shit!!!(thats a good thing).



Dear Al-Hassan

Dont let your pride keep you from taping asshole.
your stupid



love,
me
UFC fan- December 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm
I think the 2 idiots fighting among themselves here are both fucking goofy, and both dont need to be anyone fan, your both to worked up. who gives a flying fuck about either of these 2 nobodys.
Jay Smith- December 16, 2008 at 9:03 pm
I'll bet anything he'll be around for a while in that division. I'm a little disappointed to see that he already has a stable of haters, but you'll all be eating your words soon enough.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm
so does BJ Penn have less class for licking Joe Daddy's blood off his gloves?

i guess adrenaline will make you do some crazy shit.
fourTwenty- December 16, 2008 at 8:07 pm
*That should be Mir/Sylvia
fourTwenty- December 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm
Jesus Fucking Christ. You people read a blog and cannot admire the fine intricacies of punctuation and capitalization.

Sorry, had to get that out.

Just wanna jump in here and defend Mario. He's not one of my favorite referees by far but there's no way you stop the fight for a submission without the fighter tapping. That's why it's called a submission, the fighter submits. The only time you should jump in without the fighter tapping is if you see major damage occur. i.e. An arm break. Much like Herb Dean with the Mir/Silva fight. I think Mario did a good job.

The comments I'm wishy-washy on. No, he shouldn't have said that, that was unsportsmanlike and low-class. However, he was telling the truth, and I can only fault someone so much for telling the truth. I can tell you I study BJJ and choked a dude out during a fight. I was fucking PUMPED. Felt like running around like a 6 year old at X-mas and shouting the exact same thing: "You have know idea how long I've wanted to do that." At least dude apologized.
jeff- December 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm
lesson 1 in BJJ: tap early , tap often. save your career
dude had plenty of time to tap, ref should have stopped it

i don't blame Cantwell at all
Kimbo's A Bitch- December 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm
Red Baron, Sorry, I think you are a complete steroid idiot. Here in the US, we were coached to win with class. Either your a Canuck or a Yankee. You guys think money buys you class. While you snub your knows at the little guys. When you see an arm snap like that, you do not jump up and down and say FN A! I just broke an arm. You look to the ref and call for someone to help him. he told the truth when he said he always wanted to do that.

Now, on another note, I do not care if he broke husseins leg, arm, cheek, nose. Just act like you've been there and wish the bomb wearing camel jockey a speedy recovery.
Kimbo's A Bitch- December 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm
gud, you sir, are a bitch. Change your name before you get whats coming to you. Just like a liberal to use that name.
god- December 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm
agreed, junie deserves it so much more than tito
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm
i was with you til you said if it wouldve been tito i can see if it were that lil bitch junie or what ever his name is i hate that guy
god- December 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm
BDG, you ignorant bigot. you're the kind of cunt who tried to get mccain in the office, go get IED-ed in iraq

as for cantwell, despite the shit he said, atleast he was willing to apologize and try to smooth things over. its true, he gave the opportunity to tap, but still, you broke his arm. what's there to be proud of? but if you broke tito's then i would understand.

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