MMA Featured Columnist and occasional Breaking News Team writer here at Bleacher Report. Proud graduate of the Sportswriting Internship program (I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their writing and opportunities at B/R). I enjoy a good dialogue with readers so feedback is always welcome. You can follow me on twitter @Ballentine_Alex

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  • Carson Coffman posted 189 days ago

    Carson Coffman

    sup coach ballentine

  • James Rogers posted 448 days ago

    James Rogers

    Sure thing, Alex! Thanks as always for the writing.

  • Chris posted 529 days ago


    In not too many years stories like your one today about Ronda Rousey's loss will look really stupid for their gratuitous use of tweets. Adds nothing to the story - it's as it you are doing it to look technically savvy or sophisticated. But, to a smart consumer of journalism, it just makes you look stupid and unimaginative. Just extra words, not even extra puffery as some puffery actually adds something to the story. But this is just stupid, as shown below: (Rather ironic that when I cut and pasted, your computer was smart enough to know that the tweet itself was completely worthless and so it deleted it. You, however, and your editorial board, were not.)

    UFC 193 was supposed to be another celebration of Ronda Rousey's dominance. Instead, Holly Holm flipped the script and made it a historic night. She won the UFC women's bantamweight title with a second-round knockout win over Rousey in the main event in Melbourne, Australia.

    Bloody Elbow tweeted the official result of Saturday's bout:

    (tweet goes here)

    The first round had all the makings of a legendary upset. Holm's movement and technical boxing stunned Rousey as the challenger not only survived but also thrived. Holm not only caught

  • Phillip Gebhardt posted 567 days ago

    Phillip Gebhardt

    You are doing a fantastic job!
    -Garaway High School

  • Vinh Cao posted 1343 days ago

    Vinh Cao

    No problem. As a rule of thumb, you should use the firsthand source if you can access it.

  • Swany Buaya posted 1344 days ago

    Swany Buaya


    Does BR make you put Twitter inserts in articles? You had 2 in the Little League article that didn't really add anything you couldn't have written yourself. To me, unless it's a tweet from a notable player or source, it makes a less enjoyable read. Not picking on you because I notice it in a lot of BR articles.

  • Ball Hartman posted 1364 days ago

    Ball Hartman

    Alex, your article on Michael Dyer says he "has not played since being named the offensive MVP of the 2011 National Championship Game". This isn't true. He played for Auburn in the 2011 season and was released in January of 2012

  • Anthony Kang posted 1383 days ago

    Anthony Kang

    Hey, thanks Alex. That really means a lot. Much appreciation for the attention to the feedback.

  • Callum Mackenzie posted 1387 days ago

    Callum Mackenzie

    Hey Alex,

    I was hoping to link your article on Julio Cesar in my piece about Arsenal's goalkeeping situation. Hope that's okay! Let me know if you'd rather I didn't.

  • Tiffany Brennan posted 1404 days ago

    Tiffany Brennan

    You're welcome, Alex! Thanks for taking a look at that sentence. Keep up the good work!