I like social media. I wouldn't say that I, myself, am a terribly promiscuous user of social media but I enjoy watching other people put things out there for my (our) amusement. I follow things a little bit on the Facebook (in between clicking all the links to the various stories that Kid Nate posts) and I do interact on Twitter quite a bit, although the steady stream of really important information streaming past me on Twitter often causes me to fall behind and miss a lot. I really think my favorite form of social media is Instagram. Instagram is a little bit more manageable since the posts are generally less frequent, and they are all pictures so naturally I am drawn to them. And, there are a TON of fighters, MMA media and various other MMA-related personalities posting their pics on IG, so I decided to round up my favorites of the week and post them here (rather than post them all individually in comments sections where they may or may not be relevant). I am trying this for one week to see how much work it is and to see if it's at all interesting to anyone but me, but if it's fun and manageable, I will try to do it weekly. I'm always following new fighters, as well, so if you know of anything interesting from someone I might not be following, let me know!
Antonio "Big Foot" Silva weighs in after weigh-ins: "My weight come back,I need more just 3 pounds.. O peso voltando.."
Soa Palelei's Weigh-in Video: "UFC Weigh in 264lbs baby #UFCFightNight33 @UFC"
Ronda Rousey on The Jimmy Kimmel Show: "Awesome to meet someone as cool as @jimmykimmel and being on @JimmyKimmelLive last night #judoatjuno"
Chris Weidman's Motivation: "One of the posters hanging around the house during this camp. #refusetolose"
Alexander Gustafsson at that place with the really delicious-looking healthy food where he always eats: "The champ was here👊👊👊 @alexthemauler #vasaaptit"
The UFC posted this pic of a few fighters hanging out with the Brisbane Broncos rugby team: "Special thanks to @brisbanebroncos for hosting @shogunoficial @BigfootSilva @markhuntfighter James TeHuna @joshmcguire90. #UFCFightNight"
Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva at the beach in Australia: "Gold coast, Australia is very beautiful.. Lugar muito bonito."
Duke Roufus's Throwback Wednesday: "My life has been filled w/dates set to fight. Those dates get cemented in your brain because you focus & sacrifice to win-Dec 4 1998"
Patrick Cote's Dog! Cote commented: "To finish TUF NATIONS season strong I brought a special coach to help the team today !!! #tito #dog #bestpal #golden #ufc"
Brendan Schaub's TBT Pic: "#TBT first day of school..bed head, skinney jeans, and a gold chain"
Here's Mike Tyson with a baby: "See... Babies love me!"
Throwback Thursday from Gilbert Melendez: "by @remedysf "Throw back Thursday.. In #japan /When Gilbert was in #pride back in the day.. Nathan before the #ultimatefighter /The boys are now finally getting recognized as the top 155 pounders in the world! #gilbertmelendez #natediaz #nathandiaz #elninotrainingcenter #ufc #ajj #jiujitsu #warriors #graciefighters #tbt #brothers" @natediaz209 @lblorenzo"
Mike Tyson, upon hearing the news of Nelson Mandela's death: "I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family as the world grieves with them."
Tyrone Spong posted this pic of Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali: "A real sad day today! a big part of history left us today! Thanks Nelson Mandela for being such a great example for us to me your are a true fighter and champion. Rest in peace"
Rousimar Palhares posted a message about Nelson Mandela: "Some people did not understand when in my last fight I said that I would like to have made a donation to the Haiti people, and somehow help people struggling in poverty and hungry over there. Nelson Mandela was a great leader who dedicated his life to help so many people, did so many amazing things. His strength will always be remembered as an inspiration to other people who can continue work for more equality and a better life to all human beings. Rest in peace Madiba, you were the true Warrior!! "Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose" By Nelson Mandela"
Anderson Silva posted this pic: "R.I.P Nelson Mandela! #grandehomem"
Here's Patrick Cote. Shut up.: "Its Showtime !!! #tufnations #zoolander"
Andre Fili's Darth Vader tattoo is finished: '"Your Anger Makes You Stronger" finally finished this darth vader piece on arm by Eddie Julian @ Leviathan Tattoo. Very stoked.'
Josh Thomson, Chicago Blackhawks fan: "The GM of the #Chicago #BlackHawks Stan Bowman let me barrow this lil beauty for a min while meeting all the players. #StanleyCupChampions2013 #ChampionshipRing"
Junior Dos Santos looking ADORABLE: "Bom dia pessoal! Estarei ao vivo agora no Terra tv Vou esperar por perguntas de vocês. Oss http://esportes.terra.com.br/lutas/ao-vivo/19606/preview/ Good morning guys! I'll be live right now in Terra Tv The link is above."
Lyoto Machida seems to be having flight difficulties: "Por causa do tempo ruim,não conseguimos descer em Campinas SP,descemos em Ribeirão Preto e ficamos mais de 2 horas sem puder descer do avião e a aeronave parada em solo.Desculpa Sorocaba,tínhamos um grande compromisso hj!!Hj tá difícil!!!😡😡😡"