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Announcing the Newest Member of the CagePotato.com Family…

 

As soon as Ben Fowlkes gave me the terrible news that he’d be leaving us for MMAFighting.com, I did two things. First, I spent about 15 minutes digging my fingernails into my arm, because I find that physical pain is the only thing that can drown out emotional pain, and besides, it’s good to feel something, you know? The second thing I did was drop a line to our Canadian friend Mike Russell. In case you don’t know Mike, he used to work for The Fight Network, he currently writes features for UFC.com, and he’s been contributing to this site since December. Just to refresh your memory…

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With a natural understanding of CagePotato’s snarky-but-smart tone, a thick rolodex of industry contacts, and fearsome Photoshop skills (see above), I knew that Mike was the best candidate to come in and replace BF. Well, I shouldn’t use the word "replace," because how could you possibly replace someone as surly and unmotivated as Ben Fowlkes? Anyway, I’m extremely proud to announce that Mike Russell will be CagePotato.com’s Senior Editor beginning Monday. 

Just as Fowlkes opened up the floor for questions as he made his way to plaid’er pastures, I’d like to invite you guys to ask Mike whatever you need to know in the comments section below. He will answer a handful of the best questions in a separate post at some point in the future. I know Mike’s "not your real dad," so to speak, but I hope you can give him a warm welcome and show him the kind of respect that’s always been the standard of this site. (LOL.) 

Always love,
BG, the one with the receding hairline

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Robocop Didnt Tap- April 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Alright new guy...rapid fire here.

Cris Santos
Ben Fowlkes
Kimbo Slice

gotta fuck one, marry one and kill one. GO!
Kimbos Bread- April 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Hi Mike,


Did you bring a long wooden box?
robthom- April 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm
"@ Martycone: Describe a time when you wasted ten minutes typing a heap of shit that everyone scrolled straight past?"


I actually read aboot half of it just to remind myself how much I hate most people.
whitey- April 17, 2010 at 10:22 am
GODDAMMIT! this is the second time i have been flagged as potential spam!
WTF

anyways......so mike can u grab me a beer please?
CheechFace- April 17, 2010 at 7:02 am
Hey n.Ben
just a quick one, if I travelled back in time and (nope, no I fucked your mother jokes) fought hand to hand combat with Ghandi, what do you think his weaknesses are and how could I exploit them.

p.s. Welcome to the most dysfunctional family you never wanted to be adopted by.
iDestroy- April 17, 2010 at 6:01 am
Mike, when you have an erection at an inappropriate time, how do you deal with it? Do you tuck it up in your waste band Superbad style, or just find the nearest men's room and take care of it?
KingZipperhed- April 17, 2010 at 4:09 am
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fatbellyfrank- April 17, 2010 at 1:58 am
@ Martycone: Describe a time when you wasted ten minutes typing a heap of shit that everyone scrolled straight past?
fatbellyfrank- April 17, 2010 at 1:56 am
Hi Mike, all the best
KingZipperhed- April 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm
mmmmmmmm poutine :)
KingZipperhed- April 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm
OK I tried i really really tried to read all your questions marty but i think i suffered a mini stroke like chuck liddell did thats a fucking trip man i blacked out about half way through had a wierd dream about poutine and arm hair NOT a good combo dude dont ever do that again
robthom- April 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Marty Cone (Cohen?), has welcomed you to murica IMO.
ben- April 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm
@ Marty ConeI really hope Mike picks your question. 
Marty Cone- April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm
How would you describe yourself?
What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life?
How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation.
What influenced you to choose this career?
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On occasion we are confronted by dishonesty in the workplace or in school. Tell about such an occurrence and how you handled it.
What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
Billy Butcher- April 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Dear Mike,
Do you mind if I call you new Ben? Anyway new Ben, you should know right off the bat that none of us trust you because you're Canadian. Even the Canadians here don't trust you because you're Canadian. So...might want to get on that.
bozothebrown- April 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm
would you rather drink Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyers bath water or have mostapha al turk breathe on you for 5 minutes?
robthom- April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm
"Conan the Barbarian or Conan the Destroyer, and why?"

Lol @ the sly diverting tactic of adding "why?".
youngblood- April 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm
I look forward to your crazy and semi-funny canadian wit. Will your stories be in plain to read English, or that fuzzy version of French all you Queen loving Northerners use? I look forward to your input and hopefully don't need a translator to read the punchlines.
iDestroy- April 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm
What's up?
shitbag- April 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Ok, Ben listen up. I'm gonna call you Ben because I forgot your name already and I'm too lazy to scroll up. Ironic, isn't it? Especially since I just wasted much more time by typing these words. But I digress. I check this fucking page every day, many times a day, throughout the work day. Why? Because at my job I get my soul slowly sucked out of my eyes via a computer monitor that I must stare at every second of every work day. This is where you come in. The more offensive and pathetic you come across in your writing the less hopeless and shitty my life appears, giving me feelings of superiority over you and everyone else on earth who must eventually bow before me before the streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers the warm blood flowing over my hands!!!
AL_14- April 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm
So Mike,
You, Dana, and Ariel are hanging out together in Vancouver before 115 smoking some B.C. herb and the great Ariel vs. Dana argument comes up. Ariel argues that Fedor is the best p4p fighter while Dana maintains Anderson leaves more talent than anybody else in the world has in the toilet after taking a shit. Do you stay true to your Canadian roots and throw Georges name into the argument or jump on board with one of the other two?

@ProfessorMMA Saskatchewan is the heart of Canada, dumb-ass
Kimbos Bread- April 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Hi Mike,


There's a whole bucket of ______ back there with your name on it.




Oh, and welcome to CP.


Billy Butcher- April 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Dear Mike,
What are your feelings on Conan The Barbarian, and how do you plan to apply the movie to cagepotato? Why should we trust you? Do even like potato chips?
ProfessorMMA- April 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm
so, new ben... where in canada are you from? the rotten east coast (manitoba and over) or the wicked west (rockies and west)... nothing else matters so if not from either dont answer
C.B.- April 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Hi Mike,

I don't really know which Ben is which or why i should care about them or you, but i do like to laugh and this site is relatively funny for an MMA board. My questions are have you ever trained or fought MMA? Have you even trained or fought one aspect like BJJ or muay Thai? Have you ever even been in a fight, lets say...since high school? If the answer(s) is no thats okay, just curious. You could always lie. I wouldn't even know the difference. But Jesus does Mike, Jesus does. Oh and i'd say welcome, but i only come here from time to time so it's not really my place.
CagePotatoMMA