Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms.
Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.
Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 14 in Abu Dhabi, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.
Check out some of those reactions.
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Quero agradecer a Deus por ter chegado até esse momento de braços erguidos. Muito obrigado a todos que torceram por mim, a todos que acreditam em mim, a minha família, amigos, minha equipe ATS Tubarões, meu mestre e pai @andretadeu, meu preparador físico @tiagovasconceloa, os profissionais que nos ajudam, todos eles. Quero agradecer aos meus patrocinadores. Quero agradecer meu empresário @alexdavismma. Quero agradecer ao @canalcombate e ao UFC @danawuite. Essa luta vai ficar marcada na minha história pois no meio de uma Pandemia, tivemos muitas dificuldades, muita tensão, mas nós conseguimos. Obrigado a todos!
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At this difficult time in the world, a massive appreciation goes out to everyone involved. Firstly to all my coaches and training partners, @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @charliebechwaty @andrew_grange74 @justinlang_ep @jacobmalkoun @isidoxz @dynamite.davidfrancis, their families and all my team mates at the gym @graciejiujitsusmeatongrange , the sacrifices you all make on a daily, forever grateful #oneteamonedream ! My sponsors @musashinutrition , @kaplan_homes , @bethesda @bethesda_anz , @sweatcentral , @omenbyhp . My management team @rivalsportsmanagement @titusday77 and @courtneyhardday behind the scenes so much happens and these guys get it done no worries! My father @menaijack my day 1, all my family back home my mother in law @melina.iannelli.3 helps us incredibly on a daily basis. My wife @sofiamareewhittaker and kids for continuing to be my reason why. Many people may not know this my wife is the one that helps with all my food prep, nutrition tracks all she has been doing for years, studies and specialises everything for me, this weight cut was the best one yet, I was the healthiest I’ve ever been stepping in that octagon, love you Sofia ! To all my supporters #reapernation , all is appreciated forever grateful for you, and we will keep posted more @reapergearrw coming soon! Everyone involved here in @yasisland #fightisland @ufc @ufcanz @ufcpi @danawhite thank you for letting us fighters continue to do what we love in these crazy times, nothing has gone by unnoticed and I will forever be grateful and now excited for the next! #onwardsandupwards One last mention @darrentill2 it was a pleasure mate, what a chess match! Now for some dip and chips. Daz? 🍻
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