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Steven Francis Cantwell (born December 8, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the last reigning World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Light Heavyweight champion.

MMA careerEdit

After acquiring a 3–0 record in smaller shows, Cantwell made his WEC debut at WEC 26 in 2007 against Brian Stann, where he suffered a quick TKO loss. After two subsequent victories, Cantwell again faced Stann, the Light Heavyweight champion, at WEC 35 and won by TKO in the second round. Shortly after Cantwell took the title, the WEC dropped both its Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions, making Cantwell the final WEC Light Heavyweight champion.[1] Later that year, Cantwell signed with the UFC, which is owned by the WEC's parent company Zuffa. Cantwell faced fellow UFC newcomer Razak Al-Hassan at UFC: Fight for the Troops and earned a technical submission victory by dislocating Al-Hassan's elbow in an armbar, causing Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight.[2] Cantwell's celebration of the victory and post-fight comments sparked some criticism when he said, "I've been waiting so long to do that, you have no idea".[3] He later apologized for his behavior.[4]

He fought Luiz Cane at UFC 97 but lost the fight by unanimous decision.

He rematched Brian Stann, the man he defeated to become the last reigning WEC Light Heavyweight champion, for the second time at UFC Fight Night 19, Cantwell lost the rubber match via unanimous decision.

Cantwell was expected to face Vladimir Matyushenko on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108[5], but pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons.[6]. Since there was no time to find a suitable replacement to face Matyushenko, the bout was called off.[7] UFC President Dana White mentioned at the UFC 108 Pre-Fight Press Conference that Cantwell may never fight again, but refused to disclose what Cantwell's medical issues were. [8]


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MMA recordEdit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
7-3 Loss United States flag Brian Stann Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard 2009-09-16 3 5:00 United States flag Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
7-2 Loss Brazil flag Luiz Cane Decision (Unanimous) UFC 97: Redemption 2009-04-18 3 5:00 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7-1 Win United States flag Razak Al-Hassan Technical Submission (Armbar) UFC: Fight for the Troops 2008-12-10 1 4:04 United States flag Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States Won Submission of the Night Honors
6-1 Win United States flag Brian Stann TKO (Punches) WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura 2008-08-03 2 4:01 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
5-1 Win United States flag Tim McKenzie Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann 2008-03-26 1 2:13 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
4-1 Win United States flag Justin McElfresh TKO (Punches) WEC 29: Condit vs. Larson 2007-08-05 1 0:47 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
3-1 Loss United States flag Brian Stann TKO (Punches) WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio 2007-03-24 1 0:41 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
3-0 Win Brazil flag Leonardo Pecanha TKO (Doctor Stoppage) JF 7 - Jungle Fight Europe 2006-12-17 3 2:32 Slovenia flag Ljubljana, Slovenia
2-0 Win United States flag Mike Ashford Submission (Armbar) RITC 78: Back with a Vengeance 2006-01-14 1 2:01 United States flag Glendale, Arizona, United States
1-0 Win United States flag Richie Hightower Submission (Armbar) RITC 68: Hello Glendale! 2005-04-23 1 2:45 United States flag Glendale, Arizona, United States

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