Twitter isn’t just a new fad or the latest trend, it is one of the best ways fans of all kind can stay in touch with athletes and celebrities alike. UFC fans are sure to have their fighters and are probably already following their favorites on Twitter. If you’re not already, here are five UFC champions you should definitely be following on Twitter.
Anderson Silva has over 4 million Twitter followers. Born April 14, 1975, this Brazilian mixed martial arts and former UFC middleweight champion had the longest defense streak in UFC history. Anderson’s only loss was to Chris Weidman at UFC 162; however, the two are set to fight again, which Twitter users are certainly anticipating. Silva may well be known as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
Vitor Belfort has close to a million Twitter followers. Born April 1, 1977 in Brazil, Belfort is currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s middleweight division. Belfort moved to the United States at the age of 19 and soon after became the youngest fighter ever to score a victory inside the octagon. Later, Belford would break his hand in a match in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships, but has worked his way back to the top of the contenders list.
Georges St-Pierre has nearly 850,000 Twitter followers. Born May 19, 1981 in Quebec, Canada, St-Pierre’s father started teaching him karate at the age of seven to help defend himself against a school bully. Soon thereafter, he started learning boxing. St-Pierre also earned his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 2008. St-Pierre has trained with some of the best: Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, and Rory McDonald. He is considered one of the best in the underweight division, weighing in at only 170lbs. St-Pierre had a quick rise to fame when he turned pro in 2002. Most recently, St-Pierre defended his belt against Johnny Hendricks in UFC 167, a fight many fans felt that he had lost.
Junior “Cigano” dos Santos has close to 800,000 Twitter followers. Cigano was born on January 30, 1984 to an impoverished, single mother. He started working to help out the family at the age of 10. His career in martial arts began later than most, at the age of 21. Cigano’s debut in the UFC wasn’t until 2008, where he was considered the underdog at UFC 90. He ultimately earned a “Knockout of the Night” award in his first fight, which was only the beginning of his winning career. Currently, Cigano is most likely the second best fighter in the UFC, following a recent loss to Cain Velasquez in Houston.
Jose “Scarface” Aldo, with a mere 300 thousand Twitter followers, is still a man to follow. Born September 9, 1986, and also a Brazilian, Aldo weighs in at only 165 lbs and is in the featherweight lightweight division of the UFC. As a child he took a liking to football and later became a professional football player. Aldo took an interest to Jiu-Jitsu and at the age of 17, when he began training in mixed martial arts. Today he is known as one of the best UFC fighters in the world and a fan favorite.
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