A fighter's life is a daily grind. We only see them during fight week, when they are either competing and super focused or just hanging out, signing autographs, and partying their butts off in Las Vegas.
In between is where the real work happens, the time spent in the gym and on the mat that turns an average fighter into a champion. Grappling, standup, wrestling, conditioning—becoming a top level fighter isn't easy. If it was, anybody could do it, not just a select few.
But when fighters aren't in the gym, you can generally find them with their heads buried in their phones. On Twitter. And, where fighters go, so goes the MMA journalists. I'm there everyday, so you don't have to be, sharing the best of the best of the MMA Twitterverse.
Tim Kennedy @TimKennedyMMA
I have been waking up on bloody sheets and pillowcases for 20 years. #MMA #Wrestling #bjjlife2013-2-6 12:44:39
Tim Kennedy's Twitter feed is a source of constant amazement. I'm wondering now whether he goes to bed without showering or if he doesn't put bandages on open wounds and just goes with the flow? And which would be worse?
The main takeaway? Don't share a bed with Tim Kennedy unless you are some kind of fetishist.
Phil Harris ufc @Philharrismma
To cold to be dieting! Give me food!!2013-2-6 11:36:42
British flyweight Phil Harris takes on Ulysses Gomez 10 days from now on FX. Getting down to 125 pounds won't be pretty. If you know any fighters you know this drill as well. Welcome to hell week—where the food is in short supply but the gripes are readily available.
Nam Phan @NamPhanMMA
Factfeb: chuck norris doesn't wash his clothes. He roundhouse kicks the dirt off them2013-2-6 08:20:01
Ever wonder who was still making Chuck Norris jokes? In 2013?
Wonder no more.
Stipe Miocic @stipemiocicufc
Ho. Ly. Shit. @TUFonFX2013-2-6 02:53:58
Stipe Miocic speaks for every human soul who watched The Ultimate Fighter and saw Uriah Hall nearly kill a man. At least Hall still has the humanity left to feel bad about it.
Thats the kind of KO that can retire fighters who are just at home watching. At least 2 fighters are on http://t.co/B7f8ngQC right now. #TUF2013-2-6 06:19:48
Former TUF star Mike Swick was watching as well. And while in the form of a joke, there is some truth hidden here as well. For an older fighter, one who has perhaps slowed down a bit in the old reflex department, a knockout like this is a scary thing to ponder.
Ronda Rousey @RondaRousey
"Drive carefully! I'd rather you'd be "late Ronda Rousey" than "THE late Ronda Rousey" #momisms @DrAnnMaria2013-2-6 03:38:41
Ronda Rousey's mom is a smart lady. Slow down out there. Especially you fools in my neighborhood!
What I love about Bleacher Report's Matt Saccarro? Besides his relentless Twitter account?
I love knowing that no matter how old and angry I become, there will always be someone out there who hates everything even more than I do!