UFC Quick Quote: Steve Cantwell recants armbar celebration

"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 adrenaline taking over."

-- The last man to hold the WEC light heavyweight title, Steve Cantwell, tells MMAonTap.com that he apologized to Razak Al Hassan after their recent fight at UFC Fight Night 16: "Fight for the Troops." "Robot" finished Al Hassan with a a first round armbar; however, the Iowa resident refused to tap, which made his elbow buckle under the pressure. The fight was stopped shortly thereafter. In his post-fight comments, a gleeful Cantwell told Joe Rogan and the millions watching on Spike TV that he had always wanted to do that to someone. It didn't go over well. He apparently realized the negative perception that it stirred and has since apologized for his adrenaline-fueled remarks. Al Hassan is expected to make a full and complete recovery -- the injury apparently looked worse than it actually was.

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