Instagram was blowing up this week with the debut of UFC on ESPN.
WWE Raw and SmackDown also had social media buzzing with the hype surrounding the Royal Rumble, which is right around the corner. There were also plenty of fights announced for future UFC cards before and during UFC Brooklyn.
With the new ESPN deal, UFC Fight Pass also debuted their new initiative of streaming local promotions. The east coast promotion, CES MMA, made their Fight Pass debut with two title fights in their main event.
See our top photos of the week on Instagram from MMA fighters and pro wrestling superstars.
#15 – Finn Balor (@finnbalor)
Balor won the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar at WWE Royal Rumble, after Strowman was stripped of his shot by Mr. McMahon. If you follow Balor on Instagram, you’ll also notice he’s quite the character. This photo was posted with the caption, “Who ate my sandwich??? ?” and when I first saw it, I actually laughed out loud (which is rare). I’m hoping Finn wins back the title he never lost next weekend.
#14 – Rory MacDonald (@romac_gorilla)
MacDonald recently announced that baby number two is on the way. Of course it had to be a part of this week’s best on Instagram. We’re hoping to see “The Red King” back fighting soon, but until then, I’ll definitely be stalking him on social media.
#13 – Cory Sandhagen (@cors.life)
Sandhagen had an impressive win this weekend at UFC Brooklyn, against an undefeated opponent in Mario Bautista. Sandhagen is from Colorado, so I follow him closely. Mark my words, this man is a future UFC champion. I have zero doubts. If you don’t know who he is, get to know him cause he’s one of the most talented fighters to have ever step foot in the Octagon.
#12 – Rachael Ostovich (@rachaelostovich)
This woman had my heart strings pulling all weekend as I was covering UFC Brooklyn. She’s so strong, and to step up and fight after all she went through, was extremely inspiring. I hope Ostovich a speedy recovery, cause the world definitely wants to see her back in the Octagon soon. All week, she was posting photos with her daughter, I just had to share this one.
#11 – Michael McDonald (@magic_mike145)
If you are unfamiliar with McDonald, you better start. This man is a beast in the cage. He’s 24-years young with a 6-3 record, and fights for multiple promotions, including Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. The same weekend Henry Cejudo saved the flyweight division, McDonald claimed his first MMA title against Jesse Butler for Friction Fighting Championship.
#10 – Amanda Serano (@serranosisters)
Amanda Serrano destroyed Eva Voraberger, winning another title in her 7th division. Not only is Serano a badass, she’s representing my people in Puerto Rico and is in the midst of transitioning to mixed martial arts. Serano made history, being the first woman to have held belts in seven different weight classes. I love this photo, expect Serano to make waves in MMA as she continues to get experience fighting in local promotions.
#9 – Aaron Pico (@aaronpicousa)
The 10 Year Challenge has been popular on social media, and the prospect, Aaron Pico was one of many to join the fun. Pico posted two photos, one with Floyd Mayweather Sr. and then on the right, him with Freddie Roach. Pico is already a star, and he’s going to be huge for the sport. I follow Pico closely, and recently his posts have been giving me goosebumps. It reminds me why he’s a future legend. I’m looking forward to watching him do what he does best next weekend at Bellator 214.
#8 – Sasha Banks (@sashabankswwe)
I don’t think I’ll be able to contain myself watching this match next weekend. This is the match I’ve been waiting for since Rousey’s debut in the WWE. Banks to me, is the greatest female wrestler of all-time. I used to train with her at Chaotic Wrestling, to see all she has accomplished is unreal. Banks has the personality and skills to help make this match with Rousey incredible for the fans. They are both hyping it up on social media, so I had to share this one. It’s evident that the Four Horsewoman matchup is on the horizon.
#7 – Dana White (@danawhite)
WELCOME TO THE NEW ERA! Look at these numbers. The UFC is going to reach new heights with their new ESPN partnership. Dillashaw and Cejudo have done a tremendous job with promoting the event, and it shows in the numbers. This first card has set the tone for the new year, and I’m looking forward to all the future epic cards and fights.
#6 – Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant)
“12 Gauge” is back, and she did it with an impressive submission win over Ostovich at UFC Brooklyn. VanZant and her husband Austin Vanderford are slowly becoming my favorite MMA couple, so of course this had to make the list. The newlyweds are a power couple for sure, and are constantly helping each other through fight camps and weight cuts.
#5 – Jon Jones (@jonnybones)
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I just had to share this one. Jones is back and I’m so damn happy. I know many have missed him, even though he does bring controversy. I hope this is the time where Jones gets his life back in order, striving to re-build his legacy inside the Octagon. If all goes well, we hope to see the Jones vs Anthony Smith fight for UFC 235. It’s clear Jon is ready, and counting down the days. I just hope Smith is ready.
#4 – TJ Dillashaw (@tjdillashaw)
Saturday was a sad day for me. I wanted Dillashaw to win, and after the quick finish, it was evident how upset Dillashaw was with the early stoppage. At first I was turned off by how much of a sore loser he was, but I completely understand. Reading this made me happy, so it had to make the list. Regardless of the outcome, he needs to be a role model for his son and I hope the mindset stays. I’m looking forward to seeing him back in the Octagon soon, preferably at bantamweight.
#3 – Ronda Rousey (@rondarousey)
This is legendary! Rousey was announced as the voice behind Sonya Blade in the latest installment of the Mortal Kombat video game. If you look it up, you’ll see gameplay clips and the graphics look badass. This is everyone’s childhood dream and Rousey is living it. Ahh! I’m looking forward to the epic Rousey vs Banks matchup at WWE Royal Rumble.
#2 – Alexander Hernandez (@thegreat155)
I was rooting for Hernandez this weekend, but unfortunately he was humbled by the veteran Donald Cerrone. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the UFC has many humble champions and I miss the trash talking, cocky ones. This is why I was excited for Alexander Hernandez. Although it’s only one loss, he’s absolutely the future of the UFC and I look forward to covering his career. This post was too great not to share. Check out his Instagram page to see what Hernandez shares about what he learned in defeat after UFC Brooklyn.
#1 – Henry Cejudo (@henry_cejudo)
Cejudo made a huge statement, first by beating the best P4P fighter in the world, Demetrious Johnson. Shortly after, he destroyed the best bantamweight ever and current champion, TJ Dillashaw. Cejudo was the first of UFC’s champions to win the new Legacy Belt, and he saved the flyweight division while he was at it. The world will definitely be tuning into Cejudo’s next fight. It’s clear that the UFC has found their new flyweight star this weekend.
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