UFC on ESPN 14 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 14 in Abu Dhabi, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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The defeated

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Imagine coming from a small town in middle of east Germany growing up without any combat sports background, then falling in love with the best sport in the world called Mixed Martial Arts. Then you watch the UFC and you see a man coming into the cage with the famous song “England belongs to me” everyone is screaming and he gives the fans a hell of a show.And now he’s a commentator for my fight! I remember when I bought my first mouthpiece which was Red and White with the famous Hardy style man this ride, this trip was one of the most craziest things I’ve ever done!! There is a legend in this picture and I’m really grateful to had the chance to perform in front of him !! @danhardymma thanks for your words afterwards I truly appreciate that !! I’ll be back fixing some mistakes and then nobody is safe. Thank you god for making it happen 🙏🏼 Thank you to the whole organisation thank you to @seanshelby for trusting me and like I said ! I’ll be back #ufc #danhardy #fightisland #comeback

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Great experience we have had these past few days on @ufc fight island 🌴 not the result we wanted but I will take the positives from the fight and learn from the mistakes . I took on a ufc vet who has the 4th most wins in the ufc lightweight division (16 wins 22 fights in the ufc ) I don’t think anyone has had a tougher opponent for there debut tbh .taking the fight for my debut I showed I have big Black Country balls haha I relished the challenge and would do it all over again 💯👊🏽.big shout to everyone who went out there way for me in this camp I will tag you all in the pic your help won’t be forgotten big love to you all. And thanks to everyone who showed support and sent me messages I really do appreciate it ♥😊 P.s the man on the right is my coach @breese_ascend not security lool . . #ufc #fightisland #mma #abudhabi #yasisland #journey #travel #greatness #only #blackcountrybanger #thecannontour #teamrenegade #firewalker

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Leider hat es heute Nacht nicht zum Sieg gereicht. Auch geht es mir nicht sonderlich gut. Früh im Kampf habe ich meinen rechten Arm gebrochen, mein Gesicht musste an vier Stellen genäht werden. Nach Ausreden suche ich aber nicht. Ich war heute Nacht der schlechtere Kämpfer. Nicht bereit die Zähne zusammen zu beißen und nach vorne zu gehen. Zu wenig Druck, zu wenig Mut, zu wenig Treffer. Ich konnte meine größte Stärke nicht ausspielen, da mehrere Takedown Versuche missglückt sind. Oliveira hat verdient gewonnen. Ich muss erkennen, dass mein Weg als aktiver MMA Kämpfer nach 17 Jahren zu Ende geht. Das habe ich heute im Ring gespürt. Ich liebe diesen Sport wirklich aus ganzem Herzen und diese Entscheidung schmerzt mehr als jeder Knochenbruch und Bänderriss. Aber ich habe einfach nicht mehr die nötige Härte, Robustheit und Risikobereitschaft um an der Spitze zu kämpfen. Es war ein verdammt wilder Ritt und ich bin unendlich dankbar für die Emotionen und Erfahrungen die ich erleben durfte. Danke an ALLE die mich begleitet und unterstützt haben 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Ich nehme Abschied vom aktiven Wettkampfsport. 👋🏽

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⠀ Feliz em poder fazer parte desse evento histórico do UFC Fight Island aqui em Abu Dhabi! ⠀ Obrigada ao meu Coach @malkomarcio por estar do meu lado sempre desde o primeiro dia que pisei no tatame, são 7 anos que passaram e sou muito grata por você ter me transformado na atleta que sou e por me levar aonde estou! 🙏🏻 ⠀ Nunca tive medo de competir, isso sempre me fez querer sempre mais e me levou a lugares inimaginável na minha vida! ⠀ Hoje eu vivo do esporte não só por gostar mas sim pra poder buscar ser a melhor no que eu faço, e isso a gente só conquista trabalhando muito e o tempo é que vai dar esse resultado para quem realmente quer algo de verdade! ⠀ E eu quero, estou aqui para isso, continuo firme e forte, pensando nos próximos passos a seguir! ⠀ Obrigada a galera toda pelo apoio e torcida de sempre, seguimos trabalhando forte!!! 🙌🏻👊🏻☝🏻🌎🏆📷: UFC, Meus melhores momentos! 👍🏻🙌🏻 ———————————⠀ ✔Muay Thai MMA Head coach @malkomarcio⠀ ⠀ @thaibrasilfloripa ⠀ ✔Jiu jitsu⠀ @alexandresouzajj ⠀⠀ @igorsoaresmma ⠀ ✔Agência Manager ⠀ @topfightagencia ⠀ ————————————⠀ 📲 Patrocínios/Sponsor: ➡ DM⠀ ————————————⠀ #ufc #ufcfightisland3 #thaibrasil #tjjschool #topfightagencia #contenderseriesbrasil #wmmarz

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The victorious

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It’s good to be back.

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Family.

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Ассаламуалейкум,друзья.Хочу сказать спасибо всем-всем кто писал,звонил,поддерживал и переживал.Для меня этот бой по своему был важен и очень важна была победа.Спасибо моим тренерам,моим спарринг партнёрам,моим менеджерам @aliabdelaziz000 @rizvan_magomedov ,которые помогают мне идти вперёд.Мне очень хочется радовать вас своими более яркими победами и надеюсь все самое лучшее впереди.Столько людей в моей жизни,которые так искренне болеют за меня,что я не могу их подвести! Спасибо большое всем✊🏽

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happy to represent canada

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👊👊

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#Repost @danawhite 😳 #repost @espnmma

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4 in a row!!👊🏽💥🤼‍♀️ #ufcfightisland . . @visitabudhabi 📸 @mcrindvegas

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Obrigado meu Deus. Thank you God. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏

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At this difficult time in the world, a massive appreciation goes out to everyone involved. Firstly to all my coaches and training partners, @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @charliebechwaty @andrew_grange74 @justinlang_ep @jacobmalkoun @isidoxz @dynamite.davidfrancis, their families and all my team mates at the gym @graciejiujitsusmeatongrange , the sacrifices you all make on a daily, forever grateful #oneteamonedream ! My sponsors @musashinutrition , @kaplan_homes , @bethesda @bethesda_anz , @sweatcentral , @omenbyhp . My management team @rivalsportsmanagement @titusday77 and @courtneyhardday behind the scenes so much happens and these guys get it done no worries! My father @menaijack my day 1, all my family back home my mother in law @melina.iannelli.3 helps us incredibly on a daily basis. My wife @sofiamareewhittaker and kids for continuing to be my reason why. Many people may not know this my wife is the one that helps with all my food prep, nutrition tracks all she has been doing for years, studies and specialises everything for me, this weight cut was the best one yet, I was the healthiest I’ve ever been stepping in that octagon, love you Sofia ! To all my supporters #reapernation , all is appreciated forever grateful for you, and we will keep posted more @reapergearrw coming soon! Everyone involved here in @yasisland #fightisland @ufc @ufcanz @ufcpi @danawhite thank you for letting us fighters continue to do what we love in these crazy times, nothing has gone by unnoticed and I will forever be grateful and now excited for the next! #onwardsandupwards One last mention @darrentill2 it was a pleasure mate, what a chess match! Now for some dip and chips. Daz? 🍻

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