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

Animals of Instagram: Joe Rogan

Animals of Instagram: Kay Hansen

Animals of Instagram: Anthony Johnson

Animals of Instagram: Cynthia Calvillo

Birthdays: Max Holloway

Birthdays: Brendan Loughnane

Birthdays: Nina Ansaroff

Birthdays: Marlon Vera

Birthdays: Song Yadong

Children of MMA

Children of MMA: Mauricio Rua

Children of MMA: Vitor Belfort

Children of MMA: Alistair Overeem

Claressa Shields visits Jackson Wink MMA

Jackson Wink MMA

Conor McGregor

Greg Jackson

Mike Winkeljohn

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