With the ever-growing prominence of Twitter and other social media networking mediums among mixed martial artists, our heroes feel closer than ever to home.
It is almost as if—gasp—we know them.
Unless you're really, really cool though, you probably do not actually know a UFC fighter, no matter how closely you follow their every step, meal and workout on Twitter.
Alas, let us fantasize for a moment. Let me take you to a distant land where UFC fighters are our friends, and we are invited to every Anderson Silva barbecue (not just the "newsworthy" ones).
If this world sounds like a place you want to be, start the slideshow. It's time to get friendly with some of the UFC's most eccentric and personable figures.
Because of Roy Nelson's sarcastic, sometimes harsh personality, you have to either love or hate the guy.
I, for one, love him. He's funny, he never takes himself seriously and he likes to eat. Now that sounds like somebody I could spend a day or two with.
Besides walking around with a big, tubby teddy bear all day (and "Ted" showed us how awesome that would be), hanging out with Nelson would never make you feel uncomfortable or out of place, and for that, he is the first stop on our trip in Awesomeland.
How can you not love Rampage, the person?
The dude is funny, he's eccentric, he always speaks his mind and he drives around in a freakin' monster truck! If that doesn't make for a great day, I really question your definition of a "good time."
By day's end with Rampage, you will have your fill of pizza, laughs and Xbox, and this makes him the perfect candidate for a visit in Awesomeland.
Mac Danzig is simultaneously one of the most interesting and uninteresting fighters on the UFC's roster.
Listening to Danzig talk is like listening to a well-constructed lullaby—I'm almost positive he actually tries to be boring.
Making this even more intriguing, Danzig carries this way-too-chill demeanor into every area of his life, and for that, I just want to know what a day in the life of Mac Danzig entails. It may be the most boring day ever, or it may change your life. Does Danzig know something about the world we do not?
I'm banking on the former, but I have plenty of exciting fighters to hang out with in Awesomeland, anyway.
Just look at that picture of Tom Lawlor.
I'm pretty sure I don't even have to tell you why this man would be awesome to hang out with, but I'll humor you.
Hilarious, crazy, eccentric and moustache.
There you go—four reasons to hang out with Tom Lawlor.
As long as you are not standing across from this man in the cage, he is an approachable and gentle butterfly, capable of brightening even the gloomiest of days.
Junior dos Santos seems like the kind of guy who would take you to Disney World, giggle like a schoolgirl on the coasters and then buy you a cotton candy as you head toward the exit.
I cannot wait for my trip to Orlando with "Cigano."
Alright, so he's not a fighter, but Dana White is the face of the UFC, and I think that qualifies him for our trip in Awesomeland.
Despite White being an obvious source of knowledge and insight into the world's biggest MMA promotion, I want to hang out for a day with the bald wonder for one reason: the money.
If you are nice to him, I feel like Dana might buy you a Ferrari by day's end.
Do I really need to elaborate on this one?
For this selection, I need Awesomeland to roughly equal Montreal.
Hanging out with welterweight superstar Georges "Rush" St. Pierre in his home country would be awesome for the sheer superstar element it would entail.
If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a mega celebrity, this is where you could find out. I would just want to walk around the streets of Canada with GSP, marveling at the sheer amount of attention he receives.
Plus, we get to listen to him talk all day, a reward in and of itself.
Pat Barry is one of the most engaging and hilarious fighters on Twitter, and that makes him a prime candidate for our list.
Boasting personality and a keen eye for the party, Barry is one of those dudes you just want to hang out with for a day or two.
Imagine getting into a barroom brawl with this man by the way—who is going to mess with you with those tree-trunk legs watching your back?
Love him or hate him, you just have to feel something toward Uncle Chael.
Spending a day with Sonnen would be like a day inside a WWE storyboard, and that just sounds amazing in my book. You could probably even coax him into talking his way into a fight on Twitter, and for that, he earns the top spot on the list.
Our stint in Awesomeland ends with Chael Sonnen, my friends. I hope you have enjoyed your stay.
Who would you like to hang out with?
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