Columnist for @USAToday & @MMAJunkie, fiction enthusiast, part-time podcaster.

UFC fighter Sean O’Connell’s proudest achievement? He wrote a book, you guys

mmajunkie.com — Standing there in the octagon after his first-round TKO of Anthony Perosh at UFC Fight Night 65 in May, Sean O'Connell started speaking my language. "Everybody, please, read my book," O'Connell said in his post-fight interview. "I wrote a novel. It's good. I promise." Normally, I'd be skeptical.
Aug 25, 2015

What I learned from Sean O'Connell? In writing, as in MMA, sometimes you just gotta stop worrying and do stuff. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/ufc-li…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @CrazyhorseLitJo: Crazyhorse contributor @benfowlkesMMA talks UFC fighter Sean O'Connell's novel at @MMAjunkie goo.gl/ltM9yB

Complicated feelings - and telling reactions - to Frankie Perez’s surprise retirement

mmajunkie.com — The more I think about it, the more it seems like Frankie Perez picked a perfect night on which to retire. Not just for the obvious reasons, either. Not just because he happened to get his first octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 74, or because he did it against a veteran fighter he'd long looked up to in Sam Stout.
Aug 24, 2015

Some thoughts on Frankie Perez's surprising retirement, and how leaving this sport can sometimes seem like an escape: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/when-a…

On Ronda Rousey, apraxia of speech, and the space between luck and coincidence

mmajunkie.com — Laura Smith doesn't believe in coincidences. To her way of thinking, some things - like the fact she happens to be a speech-language pathologist, while her 5-year-old daughter happens to have a relatively rare speech disorder - seem too neat to be nothing more than mere happenstance.
Aug 16, 2015

Before I leave on vacation, read this thing about why Ronda Rousey is a big deal for the apraxia community: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/on-ron…

With approval from regulators, 2-on-2 MMA is coming - but where is it going?

mmajunkie.com — The way Casey Oxendine tells it, he was at the Association of Boxing Commissions' annual conference in San Diego last month, getting ready to explain to the directors of various state athletic commissions why they should sanction a 2-on-2 fighting event known as Arena Combat, when he ran into veteran MMA referee John McCarthy.
Aug 16, 2015

With state commission approval, 2-on-2 MMA (or "Arena Combat") is coming to South Carolina. My story on that: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/with-a…

Aug 16, 2015

With approval from regulators, 2-on-2 MMA is coming. bit.ly/1NzpDPt Hope it won't get TOO big like this v bit.ly/1NzpGuz

Twitter Mailbag: On the perils of sex pills, and the wisdom of immediate title rematches

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, questions about everything from "sexual performance pills" to possibly shady drug-testing procedures. Plus a little heavyweight rematch action thrown in for good measure. In other words, something for everyone. Got a question of your own? Fire it off to @BenFowlkesMMA.
Aug 13, 2015

In this week's Twitter Mailbag I seek to answer the question, why is Anderson Silva trying a defense that won't work? mmajunkie.com/2015/08/twitte…

Aug 13, 2015

A hypothesis very similar to one that a certain handsome devil made in his mailbag column: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/twitte… twitter.com/snarkyRedhd/st…

The list: Some decision low-lights, or the times judges got it wrong

mmajunkie.com — For too long, our writers' hyper-specific arguments have been confined to the private corridors of the Internet. Welcome to The List, where we take their instant message bickerings, add a little polish, and make them public. Today: Another weekend, another bad set of scorecards.
Aug 11, 2015

RT @MMAjunkie: The list: Some decision low-lights, or the times judges got it wrong dlvr.it/BpqF2r via @MMAjunkie

Trading Shots: Is it time again to debate the merits of a fighters union?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss the prospects for a fighters union, and the UFC's response to the latest effort to create one. Fowlkes: Seems like the winds have shifted in the MMA world, Danny, and they are once again whispering, union.
Aug 09, 2015

Trading Shots: On the renewed fighters union efforts and the UFC's emailed response. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/tradin…

From bad decisions to justifiable stoppages, seven thoughts on UFC Fight Night 73

mmajunkie.com — UFC Fight Night 73 was another one of those events where a lot of stuff technically, you know, happened, even if there wasn't any one fight that seemed far and away more important than all the others. So here, a few thoughts on the UFC's Saturday night in Nashville, in no particular order.
Aug 09, 2015

Some thoughts on UFC Fight Night 73, in no particular order: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/from-b…

Twitter Mailbag: How many chances should Rousimar Palhares get, exactly?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, are we finally ready to label Rousimar Palhares the most egregious rule-breaker in MMA history? And is UFC Fight Night 73 the last best chance for Glover Teixeira to prove he can be somebody in the UFC?
Aug 06, 2015

Each week, @benfowlkesMMA answers the most important questions in MMA. Sometimes he answers mine, too. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/twitte…

Aug 06, 2015

RT @NealTaflinger: Each week, @benfowlkesMMA answers the most important questions in MMA. Sometimes he answers mine, too. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/twitte…

The Speed Bag: You don’t have to fight ‘Cyborg,’ Ronda Rousey, however …

mmajunkie.com — In the immediate wake of Ronda Rousey's quick win over Bethe Correia this past Saturday, we know Miesha Tate is next - again. But the fight for Rousey all the fans keep thinking about and talking about is the one against Invicta featherweight champ Cristiane Justino.
Aug 04, 2015

If UFC 190's success proves anything, it's that Rousey doesn't need to fight Cyborg if she doesn't want to. However.. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/the-sp…

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Aug 27, 2015

With my oldest daughter at school and the baby asleep, the house is so ... quiet. Is this what it used to be like? I hardly remember.

Aug 27, 2015

"I am not going to be shy. I am not going to be shy." - my daughter in the car headed to her first day of preschool. It's a lifelong mantra.

Aug 26, 2015

You don't realize how happy you can be about a person pooping in the proper place until you become a parent.

Aug 26, 2015

I feel you. You just know he's gonna roll up in there talking that post-post-modern nonsense. twitter.com/volt1up/status…

Aug 26, 2015

I have it on good authority that @dannyboydownes will be participating in the new CME Book Club. You guys sure you still wanna do this?

Aug 26, 2015

Wow. So is MMA shaping up to be the weird job you have after college before you get serious and find a career? twitter.com/davedoylemma/s…

Aug 26, 2015

Why don't you both go to hell? I bet that'll be funny. I'm laughing already. pic.twitter.com/JRZaTGAu4R

Aug 26, 2015

Do we sound older and sadder now than we used to? Be honest. Wait, no, don't. twitter.com/LukeLesterMusi…

Aug 26, 2015

Was the info, 'Stay away from the Dundas family and you'll be fine'? twitter.com/chaddundas/sta…


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