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.

R.I.P Navid Afkari: Dana White

R.I.P Navid Afkari: Sara McMann

R.I.P Navid Afkari: Ian McCall

R.I.P Navid Afkari: Sam Alvey

R.I.P Navid Afkari: Jake Matthews

Animals of Instagram: Kron Gracie

Animals of Instagram: Gavin Tucker

Animals of Instagram: Valerie Loureda

Animals of Instagram: Aspen Ladd

Animals of Instagram: Sergio Pettis

Weekly eats: Demetrious Johnson

Weekly eats: Georges St-Pierre

Children of MMA: Neil Magny

Children of MMA: Matt Schnell

Children of MMA: Alexander Gustafsson

Children of MMA: Andrey Koreshkov

Children of MMA: Artem Lobov

Activities and adventures: Yana Kunitskaya and Thiago Santos

Activities and adventures: Pedro Munhoz

Maternity photos: Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff

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