Did The UFC Tell Fighters To Congratulate Ronda Rousey On Her Sports Illustrated Cover?

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Ronda Rousey was recently announced to be the cover athlete for the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. Following the announcement, there was an outpouring of congratulations from UFC fighters, including former Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson, and a previous opponent of Rousey’s, Sarah Kaufman:

However, Larry Brown Sports by way of Front Row Brian claims that UFC asked fighters to send the congratulatory tweets:

Even with the screen shot, I’m a little skeptical because FRB is known to throw out a lot of rumors with a low track record of accuracy.

It’s interesting that UFC felt the need to ask fighters to congratulate Rousey instead of just letting it happen naturally. This isn’t to say that every tweet was coerced, but it does put the sincerity of the messages into question.