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

The Speed Bag: Aren’t we forgetting something about UFC on FOX 15?

mmajunkie.com — Fans of the UFC are understandably excited for some of the planned bouts for Saturday's UFC on FOX 15 card, but it feels like one very good match-up has gotten lost in the shuffle.

On Paige VanZant, and the problem with being one of the ‘hot girls’ in women’s MMA

mmajunkie.com — As problems go, Paige VanZant has a pretty good one. At 21, and with just five professional fights to her credit, she finds herself with opportunities that most female fighters would kill for. She's got an endorsement deal with Reebok. She's kicking off the main card of UFC on FOX 15 opposite Felice Herrig.

Twitter Mailbag: High stakes at UFC on FOX 15, Davis heads to Bellator, and more

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, a look at the middleweight stakes at Saturday's UFC on FOX 15 event, plus some thoughts on Phil Davis' jump to Bellator MMA and Vitor Belfort's claims to be a real-life Benjamin Button-type figure. Got a question? Hit me up on Twitter, @BenFowlkesMMA.

What Romero’s exit and Camozzi’s return tell us about MMA logic, for better and worse

mmajunkie.com — For anyone who's followed this sport for any length of time, the sequence of events following the UFC's announcement that Chris Camozzi would replace Yoel Romero against Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 15 probably feels like social media deja vu.

Trading Shots: Where do UFC Fight Pass events fit in among crowded MMA landscape?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the role that Saturday morning UFC Fight Pass events can play in the crowded MMA landscape.

In the purgatory between totally finished and all the way back, there’s Mirko Filipovic

mmajunkie.com — Don't call it a comeback for Mirko Filipovic. Seriously, don't. That would be inaccurate, not to mention lazy. I know, it's what we love to do in MMA, the world where a loss means you're done - right up until you win a fight, at which point you are officially "back."

Twitter Mailbag: Jackson’s court ordered ‘surprise,’ Filipovic’s return, and more

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, a look at the various "surprises" that sprang from the court injunction knocking Quinton Jackson off the UFC 186 card, plus some thoughts on what the UFC can and can't do when it comes to this ill-fated pay-per-view.

On the 10-year anniversary of Griffin vs. Bonnar, and trying to tell myth from memory

mmajunkie.com — You go back and watch it now and mostly you're just amazed at how young everyone was once. There's Forrest Griffin without the scar tissue, flashing a boyish smile that has not yet become a tired, cynical one.

No hesitation now: Real-life crime fighter ‘Phoenix Jones’ returns to MMA at WSOF 20

mmajunkie.com — Ben Fodor doesn't dwell much on his six professional MMA fights or the dozen or so he had as an amateur, but his mind often returns to the night he watched a woman die on the streets of Seattle.

Real-life crimefighter 'Phoenix Jones' returns to MMA

usatoday.com — Ben Fodor doesn't dwell much on his six professional mixed martial arts fights or the dozen or so he had as an amateur, but his mind often returns to the night he watched a woman die on the streets of Seattle.
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Apr 17, 2015

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Apr 17, 2015

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Apr 17, 2015

RT @chaddundas: Look at this guy @benfowlkesMMA calling a fight a "crackerjack" like I'm not gonna sue him for gimmick infringement. mmajunkie.com/2015/04/the-sp…

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