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.

Animals of Instagram: Cris Cyborg

Animals of Instagram: Gavin Tucker

Animals of Instagram: Sean O’Malley

Animals of Instagram: Amanda Nunes

Weekly eats: Louis Smolka

Weekly eats: Roxanne Modafferi

Children of MMA: Conor McGregor

Children of MMA: Ion Cutelaba

Children of MMA: Ray Borg

Children of MMA: Diego Sanchez

Birthday: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Engagement: Sage Northcutt

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