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

Twitter Mailbag: Correia steps over the line, Condit and Alves face turning points — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, we'll look ahead to UFC Fight Night 67, offer a sad shake of the head at Bethe Correia, and send out a search party for the UFC 188 hype that's nowhere to be found. Got a question of your own? Tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

By insisting we ‘join the team,’ champ who has everything just told us what he lacks — It's not often you hear a post-fight speech that sounds like something that the leader of an armed rebellion might say to the soldiers of the realm. Chris Weidman's remarks to fans following his first-round TKO victory over Vitor Belfort in this past Saturday's UFC 187 pay-per-view co-headliner, however?

Trading Shots: Is Vitor Belfort’s loss a fitting end to MMA’s TRT era? — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the rise and fall of Vitor Belfort at the hands of UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman at UFC 187, and wonder whether it constitutes a fitting end to MMA's TRT era.

Undisputed? Not quite. But Daniel Cormier’s title-fight victory will do for now — What it lacked in detail, Daniel Cormier 's post-fight speech at UFC 187 more than made up for with efficiency. Telling UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that, of the thousands in attendance and many more watching on TV, he had a message for only one man, the new UFC light-heavyweight champion turned his attention on the former one.

UFC 187 staff picks: How many are picking upsets in the two title fights?

The Speed Bag: Think about what you’re doing to ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone — By now, you may have heard the story about Donald Cerrone getting punched in the mouth in a Whole Foods parking lot. And if you haven't, well, it's something you need to know about.

Twitter Mailbag: What a stacked UFC 187 can - and can’t - tell us this weekend — UFC 187 is nearly upon us, and this week's Twitter Mailbag is teeming with excitement (and doubt and worry and wild speculation) about one of the most stacked pay-per-view events of the year. Come on in and get you some. Got a question of your own? Fire it off to @BenFowlkesMMA on Twitter.

What can Team Alpha Male and AKA teach us about MMA’s injury epidemic? — Start talking about the scourge of injuries in MMA, and suddenly the experts pop up everywhere you look. The problem is hard sparring, some people will tell you. The problem is super camps, say others - those select few gyms where great fighters smash their bodies against other great fighters until everyone is broken and sad.

Twitter Mailbag: East meets west, Reebok meets MMA fans, and more — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, a discussion about the proper venue for this weekend's East Coast vs. West Coast featherweight throwdown - plus questions on Mark Munoz's legacy, Ronda Rousey's "Sports Illustrated" cover, and yes, more fallout from the UFC's deal with Reebok. Got a question of your own?

The Speed Bag: Really? We’re stealing Ronda Rousey’s shine? — Ronda Rousey is arguably the most dominant fighter in MMA. The rest of the sports world is taking notice now, too. Today, a new Sports Illustrated hits store shelves and mailboxes proclaiming her the world's most dominant athlete. This past week, Business Insider said the same thing.
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May 29, 2015

RT @KVanValkenburg: An excellent lament by Dan Brooks on the sad reality of Lee Enterprises eliminating statehouse coverage in Montana.…

May 29, 2015

In fairness, though, the woman who explained that I was totally screwed and there was nothing anyone could do about it was really nice.

May 29, 2015

Nothing like going to the @Delta self-check in and seeing, "Your flight is not operating as scheduled." Right. Because why would it?

May 29, 2015

RT @julesk_fighter: The BOC always makes me laugh, but this line in particular made me howl: "Those no votes come from elderly religious people who are dumb."

May 28, 2015

This week's Twitter Mailbag includes one of my favorite GIFs of exasperation.…

May 28, 2015

Steinbeck did it better than anyone, in my opinion. East of Eden is his best.…

May 28, 2015

I'm just saying, we don't have enough tubs for every fighter to get his own to cut weight in? Times are hard, apparently.

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