Sometimes lost in the violence at MMA events, fans forget that like most of us, UFC fighters are some interesting characters with unique personalities. Today, at The Scrap we take a closer look at the Instagram accounts that we deem as ‘must follows’ and why it’s worth keeping a tab on these top UFC athletes.
Social media influence has become a gigantic part of fighter branding. With the platform offered by Instagram, fighters have taken it upon themselves to not only give fans and media a closer look into their personal lives but downright provide us with comedy on a daily basis. In fact, these platforms have helped UFC fighters break news for their own fights, and have also kept them on the pulse of their workplace, ready, should any unexpected opportunity arise.
If you’re looking for a laugh or a glass window into the lives of some of your favorite fighters, then look no further, as we lay out the top-five UFC fighters to follow on Instagram today.
#5 – Israel Adesanya, UFC Middleweight Champion (@stylebender)
Of course, we would be remiss if we did not mention the undisputed middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The nuanced striking “The Last Stylebender” brings perplexes foes and paralyzes them with indecision. The mystique surrounding the feint-heavy and flashy Adesanya is certainly there, so if you would like a closer look into his life outside of the cage, check him out on Instagram. After all, he is the champion with the most followers out of all who wear gold around their waist in the UFC today.
#4 – Derrick Lewis (@thebeastUFC)
Inside of the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas UFC 265 will pit the unbeaten Ciryl Gane against the man with the most knockouts inside the heavyweight division (12), Derrick Lewis. 9-0 as a professional, the Frenchman and “The Black Beast” will contend for the interim heavyweight title on August 7. Outside of the cage, and especially on social media, Lewis is known to poke around for a good time.
Ahead of his second venture for UFC gold, take a closer look at one of the hardest hitters on the planet.
#3 – Michael Chandler (@mikechandlermma)
If you are in need of inspiration, look no further than the former three-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Emerging on the UFC scene like a supernova, Chandler quickly established himself as a top contender when he separated Dan Hooker from his consciousness during UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2. As far as debut performances go, it couldn’t get more emphatic.
Meanwhile, on Instagram, the former title challenger is determined to right the ship towards gold once again. And it starts with a confirmed booking between Chandler and former title challenger Justin Gaethje which promises to be pure chaos.
#2 – Alexander Volkanovski, UFC Featherweight Champion (@alexvolkanovski)
At times, gym work or even watching fights can make someone go hungry. And if the munchies are something you need help with, then Alexander Volkanovski will take care of you with some tasty hospitality. While the holder of UFC featherweight gold is often focused on a healthy diet and conducting a champion-like lifestyle. When he isn’t, you can find him on Instagram sharing his favorite recipes.
As the head coach against rival Brian Ortega on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega, it’s only a matter of time before the two settle their business once and for all. The pair of featherweights will reportedly strap on the gloves and determine a winner at the UFC 267 event scheduled for September 25 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
#1 – Valentina Shevchenko, UFC Flyweight Champion (@bulletvalentina)
Even though some believe the women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko to be a secret agent, her nomadic lifestyle is always a fun adventure to follow. Her sister, fellow UFC fighter Antonina Shevchenko is a licensed pilot, so the champion’s desire to travel the world seems to run in the family.
With five title defenses and the same amount of rubies strapped to her belt, if “The Bullet” isn’t seen training, she’s usually enjoying the fruits of her labor all around the globe.
That wraps up The Scrap’s top-5 Instagram accounts to follow with some of the best MMA fighters in the world. Undoubtedly, the platform has helped athletes find new ways to earn income and has especially improved the relationship between fans/fighters so that every party can enjoy their time when scrolling through social media stories.
What addition would you like to see on The Scrap’s list of UFC fighters to follow on Instagram?