Rashad Evans: Twitter will hurt your damn feelings


Like or not, Twitter has become a main part of social interaction in our society, and in MMA, has become a way for fighters to talk directly to their fans, and in some cases, talk shit to each other. Ben Fowlkes this week wrote an interesting piece for MMAJunkie where he discussed how Twitter plays into our sport and interviewed some fighters on how they use it and are affected by it:

“If I read a couple and get mad, and I feel like saying something back? That’s when I know I need to cool out for a second and turn it off,” Evans told MMAjunkie. “Because Twitter, it’s great, but Twitter will hurt your damn feelings, man.”

“People will say some outrageous things on there,” Evans said. “It makes you feel like, man, if I was there with you, I bet a million dollars you wouldn’t even want to think that because you’d be scared I might hear your thoughts and beat the hell out of you.”

If Twitter is rough on men in MMA, it's even rougher on women, where fans will not only criticize your fighting ability, but also your looks, emotional reactions and more:

“That’s every single day on my Twitter,” said UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate. “Literally, every day. They don’t teach you how to deal with that. The UFC encourages you to be active on social media and have a Twitter and all that, but they don’t really tell you how to deal with dummies.”

“People who go out of their way to look you up so they can tell you they hate you, even though they’ve never even met you, chances are they probably don’t have an awesome life,”  Tate said. “The normal, functioning people, they probably don’t spend their whole lives on Twitter telling people they don’t know that they don’t like them. The normal, successful fans of yours are probably at work right now.”

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MainelyBJJ site profile image  

11/28/13 12:08 PM by MainelyBJJ

LOL  Wow who the fuck are you?   Voted down for being a tool.

Tomas Andersson site profile image  

11/28/13 11:18 AM by Tomas Andersson

This. And make the fighters do AMA's on Reddit. Incredible free publicity which Dana hasn't realised.

UGCTT_GSP_Won_WOOHOO site profile image  

11/28/13 11:15 AM by UGCTT_GSP_Won_WOOHOO

Fucking goof eggs on that twitter.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

11/28/13 10:23 AM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

I wish it would have legal for Rashad to snuff the pussy who wanted him to sign the Machida-kun K.O pic.

Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

11/28/13 8:35 AM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand

Agreed.Miesha actually said it pretty well: anybody that feels the need to take time to look somebody up just to tell them they hate them must not be very happy with their own life.Just don't understand ppl that feed of other ppls grief. Truly sad.

canofsticks site profile image  

11/28/13 8:23 AM by canofsticks

That would be amazing.

Timtek site profile image  

11/28/13 8:06 AM by Timtek

The UG should borrow the schtick from Kimmel and make the video "UFC Fighters Reading Mean Tweets". Now *that* I would watch.

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11/28/13 7:31 AM by RASHADsBBCGAVeMeaVAGiNALtear


Cyboth site profile image  

11/28/13 7:22 AM by Cyboth

This is a lame article...sorry...

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11/27/13 9:05 PM by yellow wrkahlc is dead

I'll make a thread for him in the OG so he can do it there