It’s 2014—if you aren’t using social media by now, then you’re doing it wrong.
As much as the old-timers scold us for it, social networking gets the word out there faster than the speed of light. Gone are the days where we had to sit around and wait for what seemed like an eternity for a story to reach us.
Now, all we have to do is get on Twitter or Instagram and we are instantly bombarded with juicy updates and exciting new photos of our favorite stars and athletes.
Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ryan Dilbert does a phenomenal job each week of highlighting the best social media posts in the world of WWE and professional wrestling.
He does such a great job, in fact, that I’ve decided to do the exact same thing for MMA.
No fights this week, but we definitely weren’t short on entertaining news blurbs.
Let’s take a look at MMA’s top social media posts of the week!
Thiago Silva went on a rampage that resulted in an arrest and a ban from the UFC for life. We knew this guy was kind of crazy, but this takes the cake right here. The details are courtesy of TMZ Sports.
Live talking to a neighbor, shots just fired. She is confirming.— CAPital Gains (@CapitalGains83) February 7, 2014
While BJPenn.com won't give this man credit, I will. Capital Gains had the full scoop on the Thiago Silva incident that occurred earlier this week. He lives close to the home where Silva was detained and also seems to know the former UFC light heavyweight personally.
UFC rep just issued this statement: "The UFC has terminated the contract of Thiago Silva, effective immediately."— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) February 7, 2014
MMA Junkie's John Morgan reports that the UFC has banned Silva for life.
Riding a six fight win streak, Anthony Johnson will make his UFC return against #4 ranked light heavyweight Phil Davis at UFC 172— Dana White (@danawhite) February 4, 2014
According to UFC President Dana White, former UFC welterweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is officially back with the organization. Johnson will fight top-ranked Phil Davis at UFC 172.
White also had time to pose with former WWE champion and Hollywood star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Do you smell what he's cooking, Dana?
If this "celebrity" boxing match wasn't in march, I'd gladly oblige Zimmerman.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 4, 2014
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wouldn't mind slapping George Zimmerman around. Hey Jon, I think DMX already beat you to the punch on this one.
Ryan Loco is the best photographer in the game today. Other websites try to steal his content, but we give Loco his just due. Take a look at these two great photos he shot of Rashad Evans preparing for his UFC 170 bout with Olympian Daniel Cormier. We salute you, Ryan Loco.
UFC 170 is just two weeks away! For the first time ever, two Olympians will clash for UFC gold, as women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey faces Olympic silver-medal wrestler Sara McMann.
Highlights from the World MMA Awards Presented by Fighters Only
Team Alpha Male cleaned house with three awards. "The California Kid" Urijah Faber took home the submission of the year with his victory over Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157. Duane "Bang" Ludwig was awarded with coach of the year, and the entire Team Alpha Male camp was given the honor of gym of the year.
He might have made a horrible call at UFC 169, but Herb Dean is still one of the best referees in the sport. Here's the referee of the year posing with beautiful Tuff-N-Uff ring girls Alyssa Bresee (left) and Mireika Edwards (right). Next year, Edwards will definitely be in the running for ring girl of the year. You heard it here first!
UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie was awarded with the lifetime achievement award. Here's Gracie posing with beautiful Australian hottie Allira Cohrs.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman won the Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year award. Here's the Long Islander posing with our good friend Roni Taylor of Red Hot Vegas.
Video highlights from the red carpet.
Mitch Ciccarelli is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and co-host of Alchemist Radio. He is also a United States Airman. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MitchCiccarelli.