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

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…

No, Ronda Rousey isn’t the Mike Tyson of women’s MMA - and that’s just fine

mmajunkie.com — Sometimes I like to think about parallel universes. Nothing crazy. I'm not talking about planets where it's the dogs and cats who put on clothes and go to work while the humans stay home and stare out the window. It's more interesting to think about worlds where everything is the same, except for one minor change.
Aug 03, 2015

Some thoughts on why people should stop trying to compare Ronda Rousey to Mike Tyson. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/no-ron…

Trading Shots: After Rousey’s latest win, searching for right mix of praise and perspective

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes take a look at the reaction to Ronda Rousey's dominant victory at UFC 190, and struggle to cut through the hyperbole that followed yet another first-round finish. Fowlkes: Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first, Danny.
Aug 02, 2015

RT @benfowlkesMMA: Trading Shots, where @dannyboydownes and I try to find some way of discussing Rousey's win without losing our minds: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/tradin…

Aug 02, 2015

Trading Shots, where @dannyboydownes and I try to find some way of discussing Rousey's win without losing our minds: mmajunkie.com/2015/08/tradin…

Aug 03, 2015

This main event was basically sold with the tagline: “How badly will Rousey hurt her opponent this time?” mmajunkie.com/2015/08/tradin…

UFC 190: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia video highlights

mmajunkie.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - In another display of her dominance, Ronda Rousey blitzed through Bethe Correia in 34 seconds on Saturday night. Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) toyed with the idea of taking a while to punish Correia (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), or at least that's what she teased leading into the fight.

In Rousimar Palhares, does WSOF have a problem it can’t afford to solve?

mmajunkie.com — It's almost as if Rousimar Palhares is competing with himself now, trying to break some personal record in the realm of controversy. The way a brilliant actor eventually wants to direct, Palhares' welterweight title bout against Jake Shields at WSOF 22 saw him looking for new ways to make a mockery of rules, as if he'd taken the whole cranking submissions thing as far as anyone possibly could, and therefore needed a new outlet for his ridiculousness.
Aug 02, 2015

Some thoughts on Rousimar Palhares, who very definitely has a problem, but who is also a weirdly fascinating draw. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/in-rou…

After brutal, brilliant domination, Rousey’s list of credible contenders shrinks to one

mmajunkie.com — I'm beginning to suspect that the reason UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey speed-walks to the cage is just so we can't say that her walkouts last longer than her fights.
Aug 02, 2015

Ronda Rousey styled on a mere mortal at UFC 190. Some words on that, and on the one fight for her that matters now. mmajunkie.com/2015/08/after-…

Twitter Mailbag: Is Ronda Rousey’s dominance a reason to watch - or to skip - UFC 190?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, we all agree that UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will probably wreck Bethe Correia at UFC 190. Is that a reason to watch, or a reason to skip it and wait for the GIF of the ending, if not the entire fight?
Jul 30, 2015

In this week's Twitter Mailbag, the pros and cons of sitting out UFC 190 and waiting for the GIF to hit the internet: mmajunkie.com/2015/07/twitte…

The List: Needle-movers, or the fighters who light the Internet on fire

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: With Ronda Rousey-mania sweeping the Internet in the workup to Saturday's UFC 190 event, we talk about the fighters who always draw an online crowd.
Jul 29, 2015

On this edition of The List, the fighters who the Internet just can't get enough of. Even @DannStupp gets in on it: mmajunkie.com/2015/07/the-li…

Jul 30, 2015

ICYMI, where I write about Chuck Liddell's enduring appeal and @DannStupp says you're too into Gina Carano's feet: mmajunkie.com/2015/07/the-li…

On Georges St-Pierre, the fighter with the uncommon luxury of doing what he wants

mmajunkie.com — There are few things less reliable - or, if you prefer, more reliably unreliable - than a pro fighter's retirement. When it comes to going away and staying gone, seems like almost no one in MMA gets it right the first time. Not Randy Couture. Not B.J. Penn.
Jul 28, 2015

Some thoughts on GSP, who is currently excelling at doing what he wants to, and not what others might like him to: mmajunkie.com/2015/07/on-geo…

Trading Shots: When people stop being polite, and start being ‘work associates’

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the UFC's firing of veteran cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duran, and the resulting fallout that continued on even after UFC on FOX 16 in Chicago.
Jul 26, 2015

Trading Shots: What happens when people stop being polite, and start being "work associates"? mmajunkie.com/2015/07/tradin…

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Aug 04, 2015

A cabin on a lake in northern Idaho. It's possible I'll never come back. twitter.com/luvncagefights…

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…

Aug 04, 2015

The dog's owner let their dog get loose, at which point it chased baby deer into traffic, so I lack sympathy here. twitter.com/wristbangles/s…

Aug 04, 2015

Also, you don't realize how fast a pitbull is until it is running for its life to escape the wrath of a mother deer.

Aug 04, 2015

Thought I'd seen it all. Then I watched a mother deer stomp the hell out of a pitbull that was chasing her and her babies down my street.

Aug 04, 2015

RT @MMAjunkie: WSOF President Ray Sefo explains Rousimar Palhares' suspension; manager responds dlvr.it/BlDHLw via @MMAjunkie

Aug 04, 2015

As someone who worked as a valet long ago, I second this. Just in general. twitter.com/SoozieCuzie/st…

Aug 04, 2015

I think about that guy sometimes. Wonder where he is right now, what he's doing, if he's replaced the transmission. twitter.com/DrAnnMaria/sta…

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