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.