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I’m told that I should introduce myself. My name is Ben Fowlkes, and as of today I am joining Cage Potato full-time as a writer. Why is that of interest to you? It probably isn’t, but Ben Goldstein suggested I let you all know who I am, so here goes.

Before this, I wrote for CBS Sportsline,, Crave Online, and occasionally for Five Ounces of Pain. I also wrote the blog The Fighting Life. I recently left the IFL to pursue a full-time gig here, which I am happy to do, having been an admirer of this site for some time.

If you’re wondering whether working for the IFL means hanging out in hotel bars with Don Frye trying to get material for our “Dear Don” column, yes it does. And did I once attend a BYOB strip club with Bas Rutten in the middle of Iowa? Definitely. Did I manage to piss off Matt Lindland in every single interview I ever did with him? Absolutely. Do I think it’s sad that these are the high points of my career? I do.

In short, I love writing about MMA and discussing it with other interested parties such as yourselves, and I’m going to do my best to continue the good work that this site has been doing.

There. Now that’s over with and we can get back to MMA.


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Limbo Spice- May 3, 2008 at 5:41 am
coachjoe- May 2, 2008 at 12:38 am
Hope you bring some Dear Don type humor with you.
Peterw- May 1, 2008 at 2:40 am
Looking forward to reading even more articles , I hope you have good humor :)
BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm
Skidding.... That was an akward, ineffective attempt at humor, that gave me bad vibes.....So please shut up....and go back to Sherdog....I hear they love that kind of humor....
skidding- April 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm
Welcome, Ben. I used to go to Sherdog to read about MMA News, but I can't stand the awkward, ineffective attempts at humor the writers employ. I'm grateful for the news there... but the bad humor gives me bad vibes. I've since stayed away from Sherdog and visit this site pretty much every hour while I'm at work. I love this site, keep up the great work!

P.S. I've got a lot of cash at my place just taking up space, is there a way I can mail you guys nicely packaged crisp hundred dollar bills in a cardboard box? If I can't figure out how to use it, I thought I'd donate it to cagepotato.
Bdizzle- April 30, 2008 at 10:27 pm
ben- April 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm
@ lolwut:

No, you're thinking of Fightlinker. Common mistake.
lolwut- April 30, 2008 at 8:56 pm
do you two live together and have blog parties all day?
Wiltzor- April 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm
Welcome. This site is my ONLY source for MMA news, and for good reason. Goldstein is a great writer. So as has been said, don't fuck it up.

One favor, can the two of you finish all your articles with either a BG or a BF to let us know who it is writing. Not a big deal, I just like to know whose writing I'm reading.
totaldb- April 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm
" get us some juicy gossip." <-- single gayest comment in Cage Potato history.
MannyRay- April 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm
You "left" the IFL, huh? That's like Herschel Walker "leaving" the USFL...Glad you got a job, now get us some juicy gossip.

Turd Ferguson, I'm a jew. Now go home and get your shinebox out; before I ram my circumsized cock down your momma's throat.
Jeff- April 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm
Best of luck.

I already consider CP to have the best writers and it's my primary source of MMA news, don't fuck it up.
Tommy- April 30, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Welcome man. good luck
Turd Ferguson- April 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm
Goldstein... he must be a Jew.
tony@rbd- April 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm
Dare I say... "Two Ben's from the site of one?" Muhuahahahahahaha. Please don't ban me.
L Grant- April 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm
This site makes money?! Enough money to pay someone?! Holy!
BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm
Well let me be the first to tell you that you suck and i can't wait to critique every little thing you write about on CP.....

From CBS, to IFL, to Crave online, to CP...what's next the really moved down in life....just kidding man...Good luck....
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm
Don't ruin this page, it is the best site on the internet that covers MMA. That said, welcome.
cwr- April 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Welcome to the site. Looking foward to many great articles.