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Announcement: So Long, and Thanks For All The Memories

(Once again, Miley Cyrus puts my feelings into words better than I can. Except for all the kissing stuff.)

by Cage Potato senior editor Ben Fowlkes

A little less than two years ago I signed on with Cage Potato and joined managing editor Ben Goldstein in a daily attempt to make this one of the most entertaining MMA websites out there, while also working in a little bit of news and analysis here and there. It’s been a great ride since then, and I’ve never had a job that allowed me to have so much contact with so many great people, or such fun with photo captions.

But for me, the journey now draws to a close. I am moving on to another job within the MMA industry (more info on that in the coming days), so this will be my last week with the Potato.

Communicating with the loyal and passionate readers of this site has always been one of the highlights of the job for me, so I wanted to take a moment and let you all know in advance rather than just disappearing altogether one day the way your fathers did. (Sorry, that last part was probably inappropriate. Goodbyes are hard for me, so I compensate with hurtful jokes. This attribute has made for a series of unpleasant break-ups over the years.)

I want to thank all the readers and commenters and late-night drunken emailers who have made working for this site such a…well…an experience, as well as a joy. I also want to thank Ben Goldstein and the people at Break for giving me a chance in the first place, and for allowing me to become a part of a great team. I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely, and so it is with a mixture of sadness and excitement for things to come that I move on.

But before I go, BG suggested that I open the floor to questions one last time for a final “Ask the Potato” on my way out the door. To answer some of your questions preemptively: no, this isn’t your fault (unless you’re CAPS LOCK HAL); yes, you’ll definitely be able to visit me regularly in my new home; no, I am probably not going to recommend you as my replacement.

If that hasn’t torpedoed all of your possible questions, and if there’s still anything relating to MMA, Cage Potato, or life in general that you want to ask, go right ahead. I’ll round up the ones I feel like answering and post them later in the week, at which point you may begin complaining about what a jerk I am for not choosing your question.

Thanks again, Potato Nation. It’s been a pleasure.



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nonfiction- April 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Shagen- April 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Good luck!
aarondramp- April 15, 2010 at 7:01 am
Now that I'm done crying I can come back and ask a question:

What advice would you give someone looking at starting an mma blog other than don't do it?
Rape Choke- April 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Ok, first off Ben,
You don't leave CagePotato, CagePotato leaves you! This site is blood in and blood out, so make your choice wisely.

Another thing, I demand that BF is placed on the banned list. Your name will be placed right behind fighters claiming to "Fight like they use too" and you will not be pulled until you realize what a horrible idea it was to have us make you leave.

Well, i hope you stub your toe and it creates agonizing pain for at least three days.

Hugs and Armbars, Rape Choke

justscrappin- April 14, 2010 at 11:19 am
Yeah Rex...I have been thinking about that for sure. I am definitely a proponent of everything happens for a reason. When one door closes...another opens. So Stein of Gold....who you bringing in?
Shatski- April 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm
My bad, Dangadadang! I just skimmed through a bunch of the previous comments before I did, so the use of "future endeavors" was probably subconscious. haha. Never my intention to make anyone look bad.

I can't believe it! The post even brought TUF Guy back out of wherever he went. Lifting obscene amounts of weight and tapping out everyone at Xtreme Couture, probably.
Barc- April 13, 2010 at 11:36 am
Look, we love you... but, don't think that video journalism is a valid option. You're just not built for it. Your neck is bigger than your head, facial expression looks like it pains you, and monotone isn't easy on the ears. You've found your niche in this world, and it's witty commentary on the MMA world as you see it. It's here today, and nobody is gonna remember you for it, but, you're good at it. Remember this, and you'll do well wherever you choose to go.

My question:
If you had amnesia, and then were cured; would you remember that you forgot?

Shaky- April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am
This is a sad day,
Goodbye BF,
You know....I always kinda thought of the F in BF as standing for friend.
I'll let you decide what the B means.
...and yeh, I literally just made an account to post that
LoneWolf- April 13, 2010 at 8:46 am
Great writing the past few years. This site is still one of the best MMA sites out there. Peace
ReX13- April 13, 2010 at 8:10 am
Ok, fellas, check it out. A long time ago, i was a huge fan of a comedy show that i felt was tailor-made for me. It was topical and hilarious, and then one day it was announced that the host of the show would be leaving.

I was disappointed, and doubtful that the network would be able to find anyone that would fill the shoes of this brilliant host. I was sure that the show would tank and dissappear into obscurity.

The year was 1998.

The host was Craig Kilborn.

The show was The Daily Show.

Ass_Kickin_Fat_Kid- April 13, 2010 at 7:42 am
Don't be sad guys.... somebody has to cook all that horse meat for Overeem.
justscrappin- April 13, 2010 at 7:27 am
Well I'm just going to be honest....this is super depressing. As others have stated....Fowlkes's sense of humor was the pinnacle of any mma writer on any site. It's like he knew exactly what I wanted to hear to make me laugh but also intelligently comment on the sport that we all love. I consider CP the best site because of the hard work of Goldstein...and the talent of Fowlkes. Goldstein is like a hardworking band manager..that does all the work to make things happen. Fowlkes was like the lead singer of the band, he was the talent. We know that CP doesn't operate without Goldstein's effort and know-how, but no one goes to a concert to watch the band manager make business calls. They go to see the wild, entertaining, drug-fueled performance of the lead he flys around the stage screaming and whipping the crowd into a frenzy with his energy and charisma. Yeah...watching Goldstein puke is good fun for one day...but I'm not going to tune in daily for a repeat performance.
Fuck you Fowlkes....I hope whatever the price your whore-soul was purchased for is worth the torment and monotony you have just added to all of our loyal...mundane lives. Now if Goldstein can find a suitable replacement....I will make sure to follow you to your new home so I can motherfuck you everyday.
Of course if Goldstein doesn't find more funny then I will jump ship and follow Fowlkes to his new home and continue to enjoy his writing and pretend Goldstein and the CP doesn't exist.....sorry Goldstein....Jewish you are...Mel Brooks or Woody Allen you are not.

P.S. No Goldstein...if you adopt a young Korean girl...take her on as your daughter..and then as soon as she turns 18 you start banging her and marry her...I will still not consider you a comic genius and/ or a competent replacement for Fowlkes.

hayes262- April 13, 2010 at 6:44 am
are you replacing douglas crosby?
ScarTissue- April 13, 2010 at 6:37 am
The site won't be the same without you. Good luck in future endeavors, in bed.
ScarTissue- April 13, 2010 at 6:37 am
The site won't be the same without you. Good luck in future endeavors.
abenormal- April 13, 2010 at 6:33 am
Three pages of comments and no one says;

"Th-Th-Th-That's All... Fowlkes!"

You guys are slippin'
angry little feet- April 13, 2010 at 4:55 am
All will no longer be right with my world .
Sad little feet.
Robocop Didnt Tap- April 13, 2010 at 4:27 am
Ben? More like Benedict Arnold!

I shall wear my :( face for the rest of the week.
CheckHisPee- April 13, 2010 at 2:47 am
Well Ben, it seems like it was only yesterday when a...a um..*sniff*, I..ah..*sniffsniff*..aah SHIT, I promised myself I wasn't gonna do this!
Sucks to lose you, but best of luck just the same, prick.
I kid, may all your days be filled with good fortune and sunshine, fucker.

Apparently I'm gonna need some "closure time".
fatbellyfrank- April 13, 2010 at 1:38 am
First Silvas "cough" performance, now this, it truly is the dawn of the apocalypse, I'm gonna fuck something while theres still time

farewell Ben, all the best, We now rely on you completely to ensure the standard remains the same Goldstein
reddog- April 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Ben, will you finally accept the gift I bought you? I purchased Wes "the asshole show" simms TUF10 weigh-in drawers(AS SEEN ON TV) from ebay. I had him custom sign it "property of cagepotato" and you never gave me an address to send it to. Perhaps you were busy building a special viewing room for it. I know I would. What gives??

BTW, are you the new editor for
knightrida- April 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm
I don't think you'll be wasting your time reading this far down a pointless thread, but if you do, I just want to say I started reading this blog in Aug 07 (pat on my back) and have been a daily reader since. Only spankwire has kept my attention longer. I'm sure the 132 posters above me also let you know how witty, talented and credible of a writer you are, so I won't. I always liked you better than BG (he never sent the shirt he promised me) but I'm sure you've taught him well. Good riddance, homey.
Sjsurf- April 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm
God damnit BF how could you do this to me? Ive spent the last 2 months trying to get my girl back and you go and do this? I cant deal with two losses. But on the brighter side of things congrats on the new gig and you can count on me to be an avid reader. You making my overnight shifts 10 times better. Thanks for the memories. I bid you good riddance.
DangadaDang- April 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm
matter of fact, a lot of you son's a bitches used the term "future endeavors, I guess i need to step up my vocab if i ever wanna get that sweet tits CagePotato internship
DangadaDang- April 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm
jesus Shatski, you had to post ten seconds in front of me and make me look like a hack