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If you're a Twitterphile and are in search of some top notch feeds to follow, this post is aimed at you. I've done a couple of these in the past on my own site, so I figured it was time for an updated one here. It goes without saying that you should already follow Bloody Elbow and all of it's writers, so I chose not to include those in my list in order to not appear overly biased.
For those few that don't believe in Twitter, maybe this will give you the necessary jump start to join the social media giant, and follow some very interesting people in the MMA sphere. Please remember, this is my personal list, so if you disagree, by all means, make your own list and post it as a comment.
Remember, Twitter, more often than not, breaks news faster than just about any news outlet, so if you're one of those people that likes to stay well informed, I believe these 10 Twitters are great choices to do that. I now present to you my Top 10 MMA Twitter Accounts.
- Dana White
The vocal president of the UFC is at the very top of my list for a few reasons, the most obvious being that he often makes tweets that announce new fights, signings and other breaking UFC stories. Another reason to follow is his straightforward, no holds barred style of addressing detractors. He may not be politically correct, but he's never boring. Bonus points for entertainment value.
- Chael P. Sonnen
UFC middleweight number 1 contender, author and Q&A reigning champ are some of the accolades that can be attributed to the witty West Lin gangster. He may not tweet as much as we'd like, but when he does, you're almost assured a quote that makes it to one media source or other, and that it will be retweeted by the masses. Bonus points for comedic value.
- Ariel Helwani
The MMA Fighting journalist extraordinaire is the best at breaking UFC news and has his own private bat signal to Dana White. He attends most UFC events, tweets directly from them, and his post fight interviews are second to none. He's quick to address questions and requests, which gives him an extra edge here. Bonus points for being assertive enough to get the answers to the questions we seek.
- Ronda Rousey
The Strikeforce bantamweight women's champion is not only easy on the eyes, she is intelligent and funny. She handles online snipers with ease, and is very responsive to fans and detractors alike. She gets extra points for seeing extremely rapid growth in her following. To put it into perspective, just 6 months ago, she was at a little over 3000 followers, and today she is at almost 70k.
- Joe Rogan
UFC color commentator, stand up comic, podcast king. Joe's Twitter is one of the most entertaining, ranging from funny observations on life, to bizarre world occurrences. His fight insight is exceptional, and if you tweet him a link with something interesting, you're almost guaranteed to get either a reply or a retweet from him. Bonus points for having the most interesting podcast on the interwebs.
- Renzo Gracie
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace is probably the most fan friendly account on Twitter. He's ultra responsive, and quick to give great tips and advice to novices just getting into BJJ or MMA. He's got a great sense of humor and also is quick to retweet a good joke. Bonus points for being so diligent with addressing anyone that tweets to him.
- Loretta Hunt
I like to think of Loretta as the first lady of MMA. She's been around the sport for 13+ years and has set a great standard for not only MMA journalists, but sports journalists in general. She is an accomplished, best selling author, and one of the most knowledgeable people on the history of the sport. Bonus points for sharing her expertise and knowledge with people like me, who can use every ounce of advice they can get.
- Esther Lin
Esther is one of the best photographers in MMA, if not the entire universe. Her photos capture breathtaking moments, showcasing both victory and defeat. She did a series of her favorite images last year that made many sit up and take notice. I'm an extreme novice with a camera, but even I can appreciate her use of lighting and all the other magic and sorcery she employs to get the perfect picture. Bonus points for being a tiny little elf and still getting the best fight images.
- Jordan Breen
I like to think of Jordan as the human MMA equivalent of the Library of Alexandria. His technical knowledge is exceptional, and his historical knowledge is almost unparalleled. I've always thought of myself as an articulate person, but I sometimes find myself having to look up some of the words he bandies about. Bonus points for having the best post fight show in MMA.
- Joey Oddessa
Long time odds maker, Joey "Bagels", has been perfecting his craft for more years than he would probably like for me to acknowledge. His fight IQ is one of the best in the business, and he is widely recognized as the "go to" guy for sports wagering. Bonus points for longevity. He's been around since the dawn of time. (He's gonna give me an irate phone call for that one)