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

The Speed Bag: With UFC champ Cain Velasquez, bad news that’s almost good news

mmajunkie.com — So, about that Cain Velaquez injury and the loss of a UFC heavyweight title fight that would have been all kinds of awesome? MMAjunkie's Ben Fowlkes has some good news and some bad news. As MMAjunkie reported earlier this week, a knee injury forced Velasquez (13-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) out of the Nov.

Trading Shots: Downes and Fowlkes on the possible return of Georges St-Pierre

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and former UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss the possibility of a Georges St-Pierre comeback, and what's left for the former UFC welterweight champ who's already accomplished so much. Fowlkes: Big news this week, Danny. Remember Georges St-Pierre?

Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein targeted for UFC 183 in Las Vegas

mmajunkie.com — A welterweight matchup originally scheduled for August is now set for UFC 183. Thiago Alves (20-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) will meet Jordan Mein (29-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the Jan. 31 pay-per-view card, according to a source close to the event, which takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs.

What’s so great about these PRIDE ringside videos, aside from everything?

mmajunkie.com — I don't know what it is, but something about these PRIDE ringside videos really get to me. They've been popping up on Reddit lately, and I can't stop watching them. Part of it is the nostalgia, I'm sure.

Why are so many UFC fighters using Sqor?

mmajunkie.com — (This story appears in today's edition of USA TODAY.) If you follow a UFC fighter on some social media platform, chances are you've seen Sqor's social media footprint by now. It may have been in a tweet about a training session, or a Facebook post about an upcoming fight.

Trading Shots: Why Ryan Ford fought with a broken arm, and why it matters

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and former UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss Ryan Ford's broken arm, and his reasoning for stepping in the cage against Jake Shields anyway.

Twitter Mailbag: Cung Le’s drug test, Rory MacDonald’s big shot and more

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, answers to questions on the continuing fallout from Cung Le's drug test plus thoughts on Rory MacDonald grabbing the spot at the front of the UFC's welterweight line, Royce Gracie becoming a Bellator "brand ambassador," and more. Got a question of your own? Tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie joins Bellator as national brand ambassador

mmajunkie.com — The UFC Hall of Fame is having an increasingly bigger presence with rival Bellator MMA. Officials today announced that UFC 1 tournament winner and 2003 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Royce Gracie has joined Bellator as a nation brand ambassador. His new role comes after the organization's recent signings of fellow hall members Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz.

In Cung Le’s case, a drug test with legitimate doubts, but an unclear appeal process

mmajunkie.com — The NFL began its testing program for human growth hormone this week, some three years after the collective bargaining agreement that called for it was agreed to by both the league owners and the players' union. So why did it take so long?

Swedish or American, Canadian or Brazilian, what do fans owe their favorite fighters?

mmajunkie.com — Sounds like Alexander Gustafsson is mad, bro. At the very least, he's disappointed bro. Possibly even sad, bro. As the UFC light heavyweight contender apparently wrote on Mikz, which I didn't even realize was a thing, he was none too pleased at the criticism from Swedish fight fans after the local fighters went a combined 2-4 at UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm on Saturday.
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Oct 26, 2014

Yeah, foot stomps. Why not? This is already a street fight.

Oct 26, 2014

Sure. Yes. RT @Cee4our Are you watching the fight alone tonight because @chaddundas is in Rio to present Jose his Dundaso black belt?

Oct 26, 2014

Aldo's hooks to the body are just nasty. Is no part of your body safe from this man?

Oct 26, 2014

Just email @chaddundas your credit card info. RT @karmaportrait So when can I join the Dundaso gym?

Oct 26, 2014

Mendes dropped, mounted, then tagged with a huge right hand waaaay after the horn. Dude. It's getting crazy. #alwayscheat

Oct 26, 2014

Huge difference so far between this Mendes and the one who was desperate for a takedown in the first fight.

Oct 26, 2014

Mendes lands the left hook like, 'Sit down, son.' He didn't really have that in his arsenal last time.

Oct 26, 2014

Main event time. Feels like it's been a long wait. Let's see if it was worth it.

Oct 25, 2014

'And now, a nearly unintelligible video game plug from Rafael Dos Anjos!'

Oct 25, 2014

Wait, Phil Davis is calling out Anderson Silva now? But...uh...nah, forget it.

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