Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

Birthdays: Dan Hooker

Birthdays: T.J. Dillashaw

Birthdays: Petr Yan

Birthdays: Stephen Thompson

Birthdays: Megan Anderson

Birthdays: Tony Ferguson

Weekly eats: Joe Rogan

Weekly eats: Tom Lawlor

Weekly eats: Shinya Aoki

Weekly eats: Conor McGregor

Dustin Poirier receives key to Youngsville, La.

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