Here’s How Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes and Other MMA Stars Celebrated Christmas

Published 12/25/2020, 8:23 AM EST


2020 has been quite the year for everyone, especially within the world of sports. While COVID-19 forced every sporting league to shut down, Dana White kept the show running with limited facilities.

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Well, it’s Christmas now, and UFC had a successful year, despite getting no gate sales to due to zero live attendance.

The promotion unveiled big events with successful financial outcomes, and the world titles have also seen dramatic shifts.

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This Christmas eve will clearly be different for the UFC fans. Several scenarios have changed, but the only thing that remained common is the love for the sport.

The once invincible Tony Ferguson is on a 2-fight losing streak with 0 wins this year. Meanwhile, the drowning flyweight division is currently on the rise with an elite champion in Deiveson Figueiredo.

As we bid farewell to the year, there are numerous fights to look back at. That said, UFC community is now enjoying the Christmas while taking a step closer to 2021.

Here’s how the fighters and other stars from UFC wishing us the festive season.

Amanda Nunes

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes posted a picture with her better half Nina Ansaroff and their newly born child. They sported the Santa caps and perfect red attires to wish a Merry Christmas day to their fans.

Valentina Shevchenko

Flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko kept it short, adding a simple picture and a holiday wish in the caption.

Jan Blachowicz

The newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion called it as an absolute family time, as he is spending time with his wife and the little child. “Let’s cut off all the mess that surrounds us and enjoy the moment guys. Merry Christmas!,” wrote Blachowicz.

Dominick Reyes

Reyes posted a video from his mom’s home as he spent the Christmas eve with her. It comes as no surprise, as the light heavyweight top-dog is a champion by heart.

Jose Aldo

The Brazilian legend posted a picture of his family and sent holiday wishes to everyone with his Instagram post.

Deiveson Figueiredo

‘God Of War’ retained his flyweight title in a classic draw against Brandon Moreno. After spending the Christmas with family, now it’s his turn to prepare for other title defenses, since the division is developing fast.

Marlon Vera

‘Chito’ could be hurt with his recent defeat against Aldo. However, he had a good time with family on Christmas Eve.

Tony Ferguson

‘El Cucuy’ had a critical year, but he vows to return n 2021. He wished a merry Christmas to his fans all over the world with the above social media post.

Conor McGregor

The ‘Notorious’ has his big return against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. However, Christmas was all about family. The UFC giant posted pictures of his fiancée and children to showcase their festive mood.

Charles Oliveira

Vanquishing Tony Ferguson was a cherry to the cake for Oliveria’s year-end. He further spent some quality time with family as the coming year awaits bigger things.

Israel Adesanya

‘Izzy’ showcased his sense of humor as he became the virtual Santa for the UFC roster. But his idea of selecting gifts are unique, as he picked whisky for McGregor and a bear for Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Arianny Celeste

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The popular UFC octagon girl was out of action due to pregnancy. However, she is back and is a mother now. Celeste posted her picture and newly born child while celebrating the Christmas.

While there are umpteen more on the roster, not everyone has chosen to appear on social media. However, the year ending festival looks good for the entire UFC family.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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