Sweet Tweets V.3: More MMA Personalities to Follow on Twitter
Brittney, Brittney, Brittney; how many times do I have to tell you? I am already fictionally engaged to both Kenda Perez and Molly Qerim.
If I add a third imaginary wife to my lineup, then I'd make Tiger Woods look like Mother Theresa and neither of us want that, right? I'm sorry, but it's just not meant to be.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, welcome to the third installment of MMA Sweet Tweets here on Bleacher Report.
In case you've been living under a rock for the past three weeks, this is the new weekly feature that is taking over the MMA scene.
It's the evolution of Follow Fridays, as each week I will highlight some of the coolest/craziest/sexiest/most out of this world awesome MMA personalities on Twitter.
Let's kick things off with the cover girl for this week's edition. WEC cage girl Brittney Palmer is, in my humble opinion, one of the coolest ring girls in MMA. She's also one of the hottest.
I know what you're thinking, how could she be both cool and hot at the same time, isn't that an Oxymoron? The answer is...well, I really don't have an answer.
Stop asking me questions and just add this hottie on twitter before I go all Nick Diaz on you and chuck a shoe at your head.
All hail the Queen… the Queen of the UG, of course. Although Miss Rara could also be considered royalty on Twitter boasting over 2,000 followers and placed in 106 lists.
Sorry to burst your bubble fellas, but this Queen already has a king and the lucky guy shares the same first name as yours truly. There’s just something about Mitch’s that drive the ladies crazy… seriously, as I’m typing this right now there is a herd of Strikeforce ring girls banging on my window outside begging to come in.
A guy can’t catch a break, can he?
Anyway, Rara is one of the brightest personalities in the MMA world. She’s contributed a lot to this sport, especially in the marketing aspect.
Rara lives and breathes MMA and is always a pleasure to discuss the sport with.
Also check her out at www.missrara.com
Recent sweet tweet: “4 those of u going to Vegas ths wknd "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except Herpes. That will come back to u" #HangoverMovie lol”
Let me tell you something, there’s nothing more entertaining than watching a little guy kick some serious ass.
Benavidez is one of the tiniest fighters in the WEC’s smallest weight class—bantamweight—but that hasn’t stopped him from climbing to the very top of the division regardless of his height.
If and when the WEC decides to establish a flyweight division, Benavidez is a likely candidate to drop down and bust some skulls at 125 pounds.
In the meantime, he’s still one of the best in the bantamweight division and an extremely exciting fighter.
Reed Harris is a man who doesn’t get nearly enough credit as he deserves. Harris has done some truly incredible things as WEC General Manager and is a big attribution to the organization’s growing success.
Quite frankly, without Harris, the WEC wouldn’t be where it is today.
Recent sweet tweet: “The WEC fighters always come through...another great night of fights...see Sholler, I and our fighters in Boston Aug 27; 28 at UFC FAN EXPO.”
After defeating Brian Bowles to claim the WEC bantamweight title and then successfully defending the crown against Joseph Benavidez, Dominick Cruz is on the path to becoming a household name.
With cat-like quickness, powerful wrestling and crisp boxing, Cruz has already established himself as one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.
He also has over 3,000 followers on Twitter so obviously he’s developing a presence with the fans too.
Recent sweet tweet: “Thank u EVERYBODY 4 all the luv and support!I am honored and blessed 2 put a gr8 show on 4 u!!team alliance baby!Shout out 2 tucson and sd!!”
Forget about blondes or brunettes or even red heads for that matter because they’ve got nothing on the females rocking the pink.
Tracy Tate is the founder of Cage Candy Apparel, a brand devoted entirely to the ladies of MMA. The Cage Candy brand sponsors several female fighters, including Miesha Tate, Jan Finney and Stephanie Frausto.
The mission behind the brand is to celebrate the fighting spirit of women and also to give them the opportunity to show their love for MMA.
Tate has been a fighter all her life and has overcome some truly tough obstacles only to come out stronger in the end.
She has been a single mother of three since the age of 25, she is now 43 (although she looks much younger) and all three of her children are successful college students.
She’s undergone a total of nine arm surgeries in both of her arms over the years but always maintained a strong mindset to get through them.
She never received a dime of child support and had to work 2-3 jobs at a time to support her kids. She’s fought hard and pushed herself past her limits time and time again to give her family her all.
Everyone likes to talk about how tough us men are, but the truth is we’ve got nothing on women. That’s the honest truth. Women are so much tougher than they get credit for.
Recent sweet tweet: “Use your God-given talents. YOU were created for a purpose. You have the necessary tools to accomplish your mission! Go get your DREAM!”
Hector Castro is one of the biggest bad asses in the MMA media. He’s so much of a bad ass that the mere mention of his name makes Fidel cower in fear like a little schoolgirl.
Hector is the current owner of MMA Die Hards—a site that isn’t even a year old, yet has already become a highly popular media outlet due to the hard work and dedication of Castro and his team.
The site also hosts a variety of MMA radio shows featuring some well known names in the MMA industry.
Hector himself serves as the host of the “Ground and Pound Radio Show” alongside Ryan Loco of Jaco Clothing and Heavy MMA.
Recent sweet tweet: “Getting everything set for the UFC Fan Expo next week.”
Jacob and Elisabeth Nuesser (FightChix Apparel)
Jake and Elisabeth Nuesser are the founders of FightChix which is the premier apparel line for female fighters and fans.
In the brand’s four-year existence it has evolved from just an MMA clothing brand into a lifestyle brand that empowers women all over the world.
Elisabeth was a single mother for six years before she met her husband, Jake, and she grew up as the only sister to six brothers.
She’s been through and embraced many obstacles in her life and is now driven to help women all around the world who are struggling.
She and Jake were both huge MMA fans before establishing FightChix. What motivated them to create the brand was to help empower the voice of female fighters who weren’t receiving the same recognition as their male counterparts.
Follow them on Twitter as they continue to expand their business and make women’s MMA every bit as popular as the men’s.
Recent sweet tweet: “No revenge match this time - Zoila Frausto's in it to win it! http://bit.ly/bWfzKo”
The MMA Weekly Crew
If one were to rank the best MMA websites in the world, MMA Weekly would be a likely candidate for the top five.
They have been around longer than most modern MMA media sources and have provided us with some of the juiciest breaking news updates in MMA history.
Take a look at some of their writers and editors who are on Twitter.
Esther Lin is most known for her ninja-esque photography skills but she’s awesome for so many other reasons too.
Lin frequently contributes photos and articles to Fighters Only Magazine, and occasionally to fightlinker.com, sherdog.com, and also FIGHT! Magazine.
Check out her site, allelbows.com and also follow her on twitter:
Recent sweet tweet: "Feijao in studio http://ow.ly/2sbDF"
It Aint Chemo
It Aint Chemo is non-profit organization in Las Vegas, Nevada that directly supplies cancer patients with comfort items, advice and emotional support.
The organization was founded in January 2010 by Kevin Hoyt—a cancer survivor and Las Vegas resident.
Hoyt also spent four years in the United States Air Force and has been a member of the fire service for more than 20 years.
The beautiful Natasha Wicks introduced me to this organization and I’m glad that she did because this is a brand that I think more people should get behind and support.
Hoyt is a die-hard MMA fan and regularly attends MMA events in Vegas.
It Aint Chemo is supported by several MMA notables including the aforementioned Wicks, Tuff N’ Uff ring girl Stephanie Anne Cook, and Strikeforce lightweight Ryan Couture.
Check out their site, itaintchemo.com and be sure to follow them on twitter and support them in the fight against cancer.
Recent sweet tweet: “IAC is happy to announce another warrior w/clean scans for her lymphnodes & she is doing the "Happy Dance". Congratulations Sandy Udelhoven!”
Earlier in this slideshow, I mentioned a few clothing brands and organizations that supported the rise of Women’s MMA.
MMARising.com is an entire website devoted to ranking and covering female MMA fighters and events.
Robert Sargent runs and operates the website on a daily basis tweeting updates from his site through his twitter account.
UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor is a very unique character in the world of mixed martial arts. “The Filthy Mauler” is perhaps best known for his oddball ring entrances and crazy antics with teammate Seth Petruzelli.
Lawlor is currently preparing for a bout against the heavy-handed Patrick Cote at UFC 121 in October.
Stylistically, this fight has all the makings for an all-out war and Lawlor is more motivated than ever to get back on the winning track.
Recent sweet tweet: “If anyone ever says "my wife is the coolest chick ever", it is code for: "we are swingers". I promise.”
As an anchorwoman and television host, Karyn Bryant has hosted shows on networks such as MTV, TNT, VH1, TBS, FX and various other television stations. Bryant is a die-hard MMA fan and her knowledge of the sport is very impressive.
In 2008, Bryant was invited by CBS to join the announce team as an interviewer for the now defunct EliteXC.
She now co-owns an internet television channel called MMA H.E.A.T., which stands for heart, endurance, technique and aggression.
Bryant is extraordinarily talented at what she does and I believe she has a great mind for this business.
Through watching her interviews you can see the passion and excitement in her eyes; she truly loves this sport and I can certainly admire that.
Recent sweet tweet: “Just pulled up to Room 5 for some comedy tonight in LA. Was watchin WEC b4 I left. Good show!”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Paul Heyman, the man is an absolute creative genius. Heyman revolutionized professional wrestling in the 1990’s with his Extreme Championship Wrestling brand.
Yes, I’m talking about professional wrestling, but settle down, you’ll see how this will all tie into MMA in just a moment.
You see, even while working in the professional wrestling industry Heyman always paid close attention to mixed martial arts.
In the WWE, Heyman was the on-screen manager for the man who currently holds the UFC heavyweight title—Brock Lesnar.
The two developed a close friendship and are currently in the process of writing a book together.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Heyman showed interest in getting into the MMA business in some shape or form.
I highly suggest any MMA or pro wrestling fan to check out that video interview, because in it Heyman discusses a variety of intriguing topics and once again displays his brilliance.
“I drank a lot of iced coffee, and ended up spending 90 Minutes on "MMA Hour" (...think we pissed off AOL?)! http://tiny.cc/xy8uj”
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Mitch Ciccarelli is the sexiest MMA columnist on the face of the earth. His articles drive women crazy and make men extremely jealous. Mitch is a contributor to both HeavyMMA.com and Bleacher Report.
Recent sweet tweet: "MMA is my passion. If I could, I'd cover this sport 4 free, and I did for quite awhile. I still don't get paid much. but I love what I do"