For a while, someone was keeping a twitter account for the UFC Octagon but after a short period of activity they stopped. Presumably because there’s only so many different ways to say “oooh I say, a lot of blood tonight” or “my, I’m straining under the weight of these big chaps”. Thinking about it, tweeting as @UFCOctagon in posh English accent would be pretty cool. Nonsensical maybe, but unique at the very least. If you’re going to create a parody twitter account for an object, you might as well create a character to go along with it. @UrijahFaberschin is the perfect example of a lost opportunity for character development. You can imagine Faber’s chin tweeting in colloqial Californian, constantly making bitter references to being overshadowed and not mentioned in media reports about Faber, despite the prominence it claims on his face, dude. That’s a character I can believe in.
If the Octagon twitter account had been developed properly as a character, the lead up to Junior Dos Santos vs Alistair Overeem could have been hilarious. For example, starting a countdown calendar until two of the best heavyweights collide would have been possible, now that the date has officially been set. On the 26th of May at UFC 146, Junior dos Santos will make his first defence of the UFC heavyweight title he took from Cain Velasquez against the man who retired Brock Lesnar and current #1 Frate Trane Alistair Overeem. If Ubereem wins, he will have held the Strikeforce, DREAM, K-1 and UFC heavyweight belts. If JDS wins, who is there left for him to fight that he hasn’t already beat via MMA-math? I’d like to ask the Octagon how much damage it imagine it will take during the course of an event which features both JDS vs Ubereem and the promotional debut of Glover Teixeira but now we’ll never know what it would say in its faux-English phonetic tweet.