Welcome to another week of MMA on Instagam. I'd like to welcome MMAIG first-timers Jose Aldo, Mike Swick, Tito Ortiz and Daron Cruickshank (among others), and also make the bold statement that Lyoto Machida is quickly becoming my favorite favorite. I just really, really like him. And, Chad Mendes is quite the foodie! Naturally there are adorable pictures of dogs and delicious pictures of food, and please be sure to vote in the Best Burger Photo Contest at the end of the post. And, follow me on Instagram!
"Had quite a few ninjas who helped me with this secret operation, a BIG thank you to you all who made this proposal a success! A master ninja, @James_law1 snapped some amazing photos. Here's one of them that captured @ClarkGilmer in the moment. I love this girl so much but it didn't stop me from "punking her". 😁😊"
Now on to the rest....
Mike Swick coaches at AKA Thailand: "So awesome to be in paradise and still be coaching the same level of training we have at AKA HQ. A lot of great guys coming in. Gonna produce some monsters at @AKAThailand! ;) #AKAThailand #Phuket #Thailand #TeamAKA #CheckMat"
Mark Munoz gets a haircut: "Got cleaned up at @johns_barber_lounge by @barberjohn If u looking for a cut go to him in #LakeForest"
Glover Teixeira and Lyoto Machida train together: "Me and @lyotomachidafw training @blackhousemma"
Felice Herrig parties with matchmaker Sean Shelby: "My favorite person @seanshelby"
Felice Herrig parties with Deron Cruickshank after his UFC on Fox 10 victory: "Awesome fight tonight @Cruickshank155 celebration time!!"
Chuck Liddell does some training: "Someone's back in training...hmmmm"
Carlos Condit slips and slides in training: "A little Explosiveness, a little Balance, a whole lot of awesome yellow Venum shorts w/ @elevatephw :) #ufc #mma #elevate"
Tyron Woodley with CM Punk: "@CMPunk Ur extremely humble & down 2 earth! A Pleasure! Me & the Woodley boys will b rootin 4U N the #RoyalRumble"
Demetrious Johnson poses with Luis Guzman: "You make it flat and stretch it like paper. They call it the bat wing. If u don't knw who this man is go watch waiting."
Wrestling coach Isreal Martinez catches up with Greg Jackson along with Clay Guida and Kyle Noke at UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago: "Great to see Coach Jackson. Can't wait to see the rest of my @jacksonsmma family! #izzystyle #teamnoke #teamguida #teamjackson #teamwink #family"
Junior dos Santos and B.J. Penn ran into each other in a restaurant in Rio: "Olha só, encontro especial aqui no Rio. Treinador #DedéPederneiras, meu amigo @cristianosobral professor do @cers e o talentosíssimo e grande campeão @bjpenn Look who I just met at a restaurant here in Rio the very talent and big champion @bjpenn, coach Dedé Pederneiras and my friend @cristianosobral teacher from one of my sponsors @cers"
Nick the Tooth rolls with Anderson Silva: "STOKED private roll this morning w @spiderandersonsilva helping him rehab the knee, now time to watch #ufc !!!"
Dan Hardy shows off his L-sit: "How is your L-sit? I've been alternating these with handstands as a warm up. @xyiencexenergy @virusintl"
Anthony Pettis and Duke Roufus out on the town: "The man behind the MAN!!! @dukeroufus @ufc #goldenbday"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira floats around: "No Beach park em fortaleza! Amanha e a nossa graduação da @teamnogueirafortaleza . Relax time on fortaleza Beach resort. Tomorrow we have a belt cerimone át @teamnogueirafortaleza ."
Chad Mendes has lovely scenery: "Lookin for #sasquatch aka @bigperm22 no luck yet. #godscountry #blessed"
Lyoto Machida does his dance training: "Aula de dança com meu amigo @jorgeguimaraes!Dancing class with my friend @jorgeguimaraes!#michaeljackson!!"
And then Machida also cooks dinner:
Felice Herrig's new wall: "TADAAA!! My wall of fame. No matter how bad things get no one can ever take away my accomplishments or dreams. This is just a reminder of how far I've come and that extra motivation I need to keep pushing forward. from kickboxing to Muay Thai, fight girls and the Wcl , from the #XFO to the #Xfc to #bellator and now the @UFC I counted out 20 dif fights on this wall out of 48. Still so many more to come ;)"
Here's how Jamie Varner's weight cut went: "#transformation for #ufc169 I went from 185lbs to 175lbs then today 165lbs. Only 9 more pounds to go. Best weight cut I've ever had. Thanks to all the trainers and nutritionist at #impactmma #impactmmaAZ #impactleader #teamVarner #teamImpact #gettingbettereveryday #fitness #physique #fitspo #independencegym #independenceAZ"
Jose Aldo spends time in the bathtub before weigh-ins for UFC 169: "Começo de mais um trabalho hj e rumo a primeira vitoria que e bater o peso !!!!"
Josh Thomson enjoys his tour of Chicago sights: "The Bean in Chicago - A chrome structure #chicago"
Darren Uyenoyama goes shooting: "Sunday gun day! #Savage #270 #boltgun #shooting"
Pascal Krauss's dreamy photo of Germany: "Back in @Freiburg #Germany #HEIMAT"
Mighty Mouse does a good deed: "Just giving back"
Sarah Kaufman wins big at a charity Monopoly tournament: "You can't see it, but guess who had both $ and property while @zumacoach only had $27 and mortgaged properties! #bccancersociety monopoly madness charity event!!"
Here's Roger Gracie: "RGA in Lisbon! #rga #european #team #newhoodie @kywangb @fmgargamel"
Alptekin Ozkilic finds Chicago to be cold: "Holy ice people! What is wrong w u Chicago?"
Anderson Silva deals with his cast: "Rotina"
Julie Kedzie and Michelle Waterson compare outfits: "@rootsoffight great minds dress alike ❤️"
Rousimar Palhares works with a Team Nogueira Kid: "Muito bom acabar um treino e ver um sorriso de uma criança por perto!!! Esse ferinha ai é do projeto social da Team Nogueira!! #FuturoDoEsporte Always good to finish a workout and see a smile like that!! This kid is from the Social Project of the Team Nogueira!! #GiveBackToTheCommunity"
Urijah Faber tries to rock his Uggs: "Ugg life!...Haters gonna hate :)"
Jose Aldo travels with his pretty belt: "@josealdojunior is on his way to Newark for #UFC169! How did he get the belt through security?"
Pascal Krauss does some biking in Germany: "Fun day of #biking in the #snow #blackforest"
Joe Rogan trains: "Another ferocious training session with my brother @milosjam"
Cris Cyborg trains: "#done #circuit #thearenamma #punishmentfamily #chuteboxe #criscyborg #invictafc #academiatherock #coach @galvaobjj #godpower"
Cole Miller has an itch: "Sometimes the shit just itches"
Antonio Silva is at the beach: "With my brother,"beach day"...Com meu irmao @rafaelribeiro113 depois de um otimo dia de praia..."
Julie Kedzie doesn't love the artwork in the office at Jackson's: "Please everyone ask @jacksonsmma if I can put up a Renoir or a picture of a cat or something in the office."
Chris Cariaso and Darren Uyenoyama in Times Square: "Me and @darrenbcu in #timessquare #ufc169"
Here's Patrick Cote in tight shorts: "Training at nova gym in Quebec city last night !!! Thanks guys #novacation"
I think Wanderlei Silva is angry with Chael Sonnen: "Vou te pegar!! Agora tem data e lugar vc nao vai escapar!! Vc mexeu com o cara errado!! E vai ser bem com essa direita que vou te nocaltear!!! Conto com vcs amigos quem esta conosco esta conosco!! Vou estar muito bem treinado nesta luta vcs vao ver,a luta ja começou! E conto com os meus irmaos comigo + uma vez!!!"
Mark Hunt Videos!
Jimi Manuwa and his Doberman: "Stuntin like my daddy!! on the way to training @dade_dobermann #storm #unreachables #dadedoberman #porsche"
Julie Kedzie and her dog wake up face-to-face: "Well that's quite a face to wake up to hahaha"
Russell Doane's new dog has a sizable wingspan: "A face like this can get away with murder. 🐶💚💥🔫"
Rener Gracie's dog, Tioki, knows tricks!: "VIDEO: @tiokithedog just turned 10 (weeks) and look what I taught him! @evemtorres would be proud!"
Anthony Johnson's dog greets us: "Don't let the smile fool you #daxline #kingpin"
Alexander Gustafsson's dog is posing: "Min lill flicka :)"
Cris Cyborg's dog, Fedor: "#losAngeles #parceiro #skate #fedor #dog #happy #friday #amigao #criscyborg"
Danny Castillo's pug: "Spent 15 minutes looking up "baby seal" pics online after taking this pic. #WildNight"
Duke Roufus's French bulldogs: "#FrenchBulldogs Louis & Stella"
Rose Namajunas's dog playing in the mountains: "It's a little warm for Mishka"
Michelle Waterson's new puppy: "Meet Django!!! The newest addition to our family! #puppy #doberman #socute #cuddlebug"
Alan Belcher's friends have a really big cat: "I stopped by some friends house in atl. Check out the cat. What would you name this cat??:)"
Mike Swick found a new friend: "Our new friend. She was running around all over the #AKAThailand site today. More pics at @AKAThailand. ;) #Phuket #Thailand #CheckMat"
Dan hardy posted a poodle pic: "Tuesday morning nap time, while mum is at work."
Josh Thomson and his super cute dog: "Nothing like coming home to this after a very disappointing weekend. #mansbestfriend #love #lab #ufc #fox10 #unitedcenter #chicago"
Travis Browne with Liz Carmouche and a police dog in New York: "Hanging out with @iamgirlrilla and New York's finest!! @ufc #ufc169"
The Savannah Cat!
This is Katie-dog. She stayed with me this week and I included her so I could meet my golden retriever quota for this post:
Clay Guida's dad represents:
Max Holloway's ninja child: "My ninja turtle! @rxsh"
Stephen Thompson after sparring with his brother: "AWESOME sparring sesh with my brother @tonythompsonpb this guy is a BEAST!!!!"
Mike Swick and his family in Thailand: "Took my 2 special ladies on a nice long tail boat cruise through the islands this weekend. Phi Phi is my sanctuary and these two are the loves of my life! ;) #LifeIsGood #LivingTheDream #PhiPhi #Phuket @AKAThailand #AKAThailand"
Michelle Waterson's adorable daughter: '"Don't start none, won't be none!!" Lmbo😂😂😂'
Anthony Pettis and his daughter: "Thank u 2 every1 for the bday wishes. My day is much brighter knowing that ur all a part of it! I am gr8ful & love u all!"
Jessica Eye and her family support her dad as he fights against brain cancer: "2 months 2day from dads brain tumor surgery.week 4 of treatments doc are amazing w/him! Us EYE's we FIGHT!"
Court McGee and his family at the airport: "On our way to SLO to visit @pit_master Last time I brought my whole family out here I was staying @theofficialchuckliddell House training for the season11 Tuff Finale And had not yet had Crew Charles Who I named after Chuck. It's been an epic journey!!! #ufc #pit #PitOhana"
Chad Mendes makes more tacos!: "And tonight it's ground venison tacos baby!!! Bout to destroy these before makin the long drive down to orange cove for a charity hog hunt for the weekend"
Alexander Gustafsson rocks some bedhead at breakfast: "Frukost hos bästa @jimmyboyeriksson @ala_abasi"
Felice Herrig's hangover burger: "#hangoverFood I isuallu don't condone this type of behavior * and I actually feel really guilty right now *"
Carlos Condit also indulges with a burger: "Diet starts tomorrow, living it up today :) @rickylundell @seagertree #GreenChile #Bison #Burger"
BE's own Anton Tabuena has an entry for your consideration in the #BurgerPorn competition: "Sexiest burger I've had in a while. Seared Mac & Cheese plus Honey Sriracha Bacon. #CallTheNurse #FoodPorn #BurgersAndBrewskies"
Here is BE's Steph Daniels's entry for Best Burger of the Week: "My lunch>your lunch"
Vinc Pichel's supplies for a big night in: "No I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just gathering the necessities for a night in with @grotesquebeauty #DontJudgeMe #YouWishYouHadNightsLikeOurs"
Ramsey Nijem is making tortilla soup: "Sunday dinner tortilla soup. Soooo good. #sundayfunday #foodie"
Tyson Griffin's recipe for a healthy breakfast: "One of my new favorite healthy breakfast choices and anytime meals. Frozen mixed berries blended with flax seed and unfiltered apple juice/cider on top of Plain Greek yogurt under homemade granola. Add more or less granola(carbs) depending on what your next few hours consist of. Mine=face punching, leg kicking and grappling so I'm carbing up. #foodforfuel #healthymeal #goodeats"
Chad Mendes enjoys a big bowl of pho: "Great @duanebangcom prac done now bout shower in this chicken pho soup!! Where u @sneakytommy where u at MFer!!?"
Mendes's venison pita: "Ground venison pita pocket"
And, Mendes has some gumbo: "Great wrestling prac this am now bout to grub this chicken sausage n ham gumbo from sampinos Italian deli. Love this place!"
Max Holloway's Hawaiian food: "Yeah buddy! #hawaiianplate"
Anthony Johnson's sweet treat: "This is a treat to myself for all the hard work that @suga_rashadevans is putting me thru with his camp. #ideserveit"
Jimi Manuwa's custom food: "Always the good stuff from @soulmatefood @sportskitchen #nutrition #lionseatfirst #teampb1"
Alan Belcher eats pho in Atlanta!: "Got stuck in atl. Brazil will have to wait. My good friend Manu picked me up. And of course pho 24:) I wanted tuk tuk but its closed."
Glover Teixeira has a nice dinner out: "Nice dinner. I jantar foi Bom"
Jeremy Stephens's pozole: "Gracias @lalalopez87 #Pozole #MuyFeliz"
Tito Ortiz goes to Costco: "Love @costco feeding frenzy."
Beneil Dariush's lunch looks good: "#Wholefoodwednesdays it's a real thing"
Alexander Gustafsson's dinner: "Kommer hem o maten e redo!!! tack min kära @biianchiii
Fabricio Camoes eats healthy: "Back on diet again..#kale#spinach#salad#sweetpotato#quinoa#chicken.. Eat clean ."
Tony Ferguson's pizza and a beverage: "Cheat meal!!! @Lampostpizza #HuntingtonBeach @xtfergie Now we can chill #GP Pizza and Apple juice"
Julie Kedzie's excellent t-shirt: "I'm not sure I would call myself "classy" but I like this shirt :-)"
I like this new Bad Boy t-shirt: "Sneak peak of a new design for our Instagram followers."
I also like the Beneil Dariush shirt: "New shirts are in. Only 50 made and they are going fast. If you want one email me at firstname.lastname@example.org"
Cris Cyborg pants!: "Pants Cris Cyborg production inzafashion #! Do not Miss Out! Contacts: Brazil: email@example.com USA: firstname.lastname@example.org #criscyborg #pants #new #braziliangirls #teamcyborg #inzafashion #ideanutrition"
Ronda Rousey and her new custom Everlast gloves: "Thank you @everlastworldwide and @mrlightsout21 for the new gold and green custom gloves for the #ufc170 camp!"