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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.