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

Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, so MMA needs to learn to let him go

mmajunkie.com — So it turns out that Brock Lesnar isn't coming back. At least now we know. At least now we in the MMA world can stop talking about him, hopefully, and move on with our Brock-less lives, such as they are. This is a good thing, is my point, because, if I can be honest here?

Reluctance to right referee errors is an MMA problem, but it doesn’t have to be

mmajunkie.com — The instant referee Eduardo Herdy put his hands on Drew Dober, you could feel trouble in the air. There was no evident reason to stop the fight, no reason at all for Herdy to be doing what he was doing, and yet once he started doing it, he couldn't stop.

Why Rousey vs. Correia is the rare squash match that makes perfect sense

mmajunkie.com — Seems like oddsmakers didn't exactly torture themselves over Ronda Rousey 's next scheduled UFC women's bantamweight title defense. With the ink still wet on the bout agreement pitting Rousey against Bethe Correia at UFC 190, the people who make a living picking winners and losers have joined with the forces of common sense and declared, yeah, Rousey's probably got this.

Is this the end for Josh Koscheck? Should be, which is sad without being regrettable

mmajunkie.com — By the time he showed up on the post-fight show, Josh Koscheck had a couple fresh bruises on his forehead and a fifth consecutive loss on his professional record. Already he was talking about himself in the past tense. "It's been a good career," Koscheck told FOX Sports 1's Heidi Androl backstage in Rio de Janeiro.

In his quest for our attention, LaFlare must find some way to cut through the noise

mmajunkie.com — Right about the point in the interview when UFC welterweight Ryan LaFlare, with zero apparent irony, insisted that "the world" would soon know who he is after Saturday's fight with Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 62, that's when I started to wonder whether he hadn't maybe overestimated the reach of FOX Sports 1.

Twitter Mailbag: Is RDA UFC’s best lightweight? Will ‘Rampage’ make it past court battle?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, we'll sort through a few lasting ripples on the pond after UFC 185, plus look ahead to Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 62 event in Brazil. Will there be time in there to discuss "Rampage" Jackson's Bellator contract, and his odds of getting free of it in time to fight for the UFC next month?

As aging fighters face mounting medical costs, where does responsibility for their care lie?

mmajunkie.com — Ask Mark Coleman now and he'll tell you he always knew this was coming. Maybe not this exactly - not the plastic hip and the daily IV bags to treat infection and the donations from friends and fans and total strangers to help him pay for it all - but something.

Trading Shots: On career turnarounds and the nature of being wrong

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes look back at the various career-changing moments from UFC 185 and wonder whether ours isn't a sport that's too quick to form lasting opinions about the fighters who populate it.

Now welcomed to the show, is new champ Rafael dos Anjos finally a main attraction?

mmajunkie.com — Round after round, Anthony Pettis kept coming back to his corner, blinking away the blur and blood, and then calmly assuring his coaches that he was fine, that there was nothing to worry about, that he'd get with the program and get started winning any moment now.

The Fowlkes Finds: Get hyped for UFC 185 with weird GIFs and longshot bets

mmajunkie.com — So remember last week when I recommended that everyone get plenty of practice before attempting to pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk 's name? Yeah, well, it seems that a lot of the fighters competing at UFC 185 did not heed that advice. Here, watch this video of a bunch of tough guys being completely undone by a Polish person's surname.
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Mar 26, 2015

Good work detective! RT @Graulithe I couldn't let it go. @chaddundas was close. Joshua Denelle Koscheck. You're welcome.

Mar 26, 2015

Some thoughts on learning to let Brock Lesnar go. It was fun, but it's over now, and MMA needs to deal with that. mmajunkie.com/2015/03/brock-…

Mar 26, 2015

Wait, it's not? RT @d_jcs In this analogy, smoking is super healthy and makes a ton of sense though. :P

Mar 26, 2015

Glad the Brazilian commission made the right call, even if they also come off as the kid who can be most easily peer-pressured into smoking.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @DannStupp: Wonder if the Brazil commission read @benfowlkesMMA's MMA-officiating column before overturning Silva-Dober: mmajunkie.com/2015/03/reluct…

Mar 26, 2015

@Follow_The_Noc As an agnostic, I go at it like Pascal's (MMA) Wager: If there is a god, it may care about MMA. Might as well thank it?

Mar 25, 2015

Also, my daughter has the Beauty and the Beast book, and it's a sad sight when they attempt to describe musical numbers. C'mon son.

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