Ben Fowlkes

Senior Writer

Ben Fowlkes has covered the sport of mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He's written for AOL Sports, Fight Magazine, Men's Fitness, CBS Sports, and many others. In addition to his work on, he also writes a weekly column for Sports Illustrated online and He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a Bachelor's in English from San Diego State University. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife and dog.


Eight Ways of Looking at UFC 150


UFC 150 brings plenty of face-smashing action to Denver this Saturday night. We have plenty of questions and concerns to sort through first, plus some commentary on the state of the Pepsi Center...

Melvin Guillard Unsure What to Expect at UFC 150, But Happy to Fight a Friend


Melvin Guillard is glad that he finally gets to fight one of his friends. It’s more fun, he claims. It’s "a lot less stressful" fighting someone you know and like and respect. Fighting is such an...

UFC 150: By the Odds


The Octagon returns to Denver with UFC 150 this weekend, and yet again we’ll see a rematch for the lightweight title. Will this one at least bring us some closure, or will the logjam at the top of...

Falling Action: Best and Worst of UFC on FOX 4

After four events on the FOX network, the UFC finally delivered the full night of non-stop action that we’ve all been waiting for. All it took was a couple former champions and a few desperate...

With Emphasis on 'Impressive' Wins, Fans Get Action at UFC on FOX 4

Does pressuring fighters to deliver a certain type of win change the nature of this complex sport, or simply make it more accessible?

UFC on FOX 4: By the Odds

The UFC brings its action back to network TV this Saturday night, as UFC on FOX 4 promises a light heavyweight title sweepstakes among four 205-pounders who have all been finished by the reigning...


When Victory Is No Longer Enough, Outside Pressures Become Harder to Ignore

Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida grapple with shifting stakes in UFC on FOX 4 bout.

Former Olympic Silver Medalist Sara McMann Chose Her Own Path to MMA Success


Undefeated McMann is doing it her way as she chases down glory in the cage.

'Shogun' Rua-Brandon Vera Contender Fight Gets People Talking, But Not in the Good Way

If you wanted to be generous, you could call it a testament to Jon Jones’s dominance as UFC light heavyweight champ. If you wanted to be something else, you could call it a sad state of affairs....

Invicta FC 2 Results: Sara McMann Outpoints Shayna Baszler in Main Event

Former Olympic medalist McMann survives late scare to stay undefeated.

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