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

Boy among men: A 15-year-old gets his night in the cage on the fringes of MMA — To get to Great Falls from Missoula you take Highway 200 going east across Montana, out past where the bighorn sheep congregate on the road alongside the Blackfoot River, out past Potomac, with its lone bar/restaurant/gas station, out into that open expanse of high green prairie along the Rocky Mountain Front, where golden eagles ride stiff air currents looking for roadkill and mountain ranges sit distant and shimmering with melting spring snow on either side.

Twitter Mailbag: Is it still too soon to get excited about a GSP comeback? — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, are the obstacles too great for a GSP return in time for the UFC's big event at Madison Square Garden? And does the UFC need him more than ever after the recent rift with its "Notorious" superstar?

The List: After UFC 197, who’s pound-for-pound best? We argue Jones vs. Johnson — 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.

With win at UFC 197, Jon Jones’ warmup is officially over — One nice thing you can say about Saturday's UFC 197 main event is that, for the most part, we weren't asked to do too much pretending. That feels like a strange thing to praise, and yet how often is that the case in situations like this? Jon Jones vs.

Trading Shots: On Anthony Pettis, precipitous falls, and jumping to conclusions — Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis lost his third straight fight at UFC 197 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but were fans and media too quick to label him a tanking fighter as a result? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss.

At UFC 197, varying shades of greatness from 2 of MMA’s best fighters — If only the UFC still named its events, then it could have given Saturday's event the tagline it deserved. I'm thinking something along the lines of "UFC 197: Case Studies in Greatness." At MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, we saw two of the best fighters in the world in action, only they weren't fighting each other.

Henry Cejudo suffers 1st professional loss at UFC 197 — LAS VEGAS - This time Demetrious Johnson didn't need five full rounds to defend his UFC flyweight title. This time he didn't even need three full minutes. The defending champ blasted challenger Henry Cejudo with knees from the clinch, sending the Olympic gold medalist and former Phoenix Maryvale High star reeling into the fence.

Twitter Mailbag: Many ways of looking at Conor McGregor vs. UFC — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, turns out there are many, many elements to this Conor McGregor vs. UFC story, and you guys apparently wanted to discuss them all. But wait! There's still UFC 197 on Saturday, and with it perhaps the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet?

On Conor McGregor (and Tim and Suzie’s terrible morning show) — There's a war of ideas brewing between Conor McGregor and the UFC. Actually, after his today's statement on Facebook, maybe we're well past the brewing stage and all the way to boiling over. Look closely and you'll see a clash over who owes what, and to whom, but also about the best way to get a productive and profitable message across in this modern world of ours.

Conor McGregor out over media obligations? This argument isn’t about what it’s about — As I was watching the drama unfold on Tuesday between the UFC and its featherweight champ Conor McGregor, I couldn't help but think of something Montana fiction writer Kevin Canty once said. If you're going to write a story in which two characters have an argument, he explained, you should write it so that they're never arguing about what they're really arguing about.
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RT @KT_BOXING: A letter written by Jack Johnson challenging Jim Jeffries to Heavyweight title bout[1909],amazing read. #historical

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