UFC strawweight Nadia Kassem is the latest fighter to have become a victim of online impersonation via popular social media website, Twitter.
WMMA Rankings can confirm that the Twitter user
@nadiakassemma is an imposter. Kassem does not currently have a Twitter account and only uses Instagram at @nadiakassem_187. The 21-year-old, who makes her UFC debut this Saturday, has discovered the fake account and is far from happy. When a fan asked for her opinion on Instagram, she responded “LMAO Hahahah no it’s not! I wouldn’t talk like that. I hate people“. She then posted a picture to her Instagram story, urging all her fans to report the account, describing the imposter as a “fake sh*t”.
— 🏀 (@drizzyhasan) November 14, 2017
Kassem is the fourth UFC strawweight to be a victim of impersonation this year. The impersonator appears to be the same person and is targeting fighters who either rarely use or do not have Twitter.
Back in March, Pudilova became the first victim, with the impersonator poking fun at her opponent, Lina Lansberg, as well as trashing several female fighters on the UFC roster. Many MMA media outlets began running stories on some of the tweets made by the account. However, the impersonator was eventually exposed, with the account quickly being deleted.
In June of this year, Maryna Moroz became the second victim. This time the impersonator managed to get three times the amount of followers compared to the real account. Again, the real Moroz spoke out, and the account was quickly deleted.
In July, UFC strawweight Alexandra Albu became the third victim of online impersonation. However, this time the impersonator managed to get the account verified via Twitter. The account was eventually deleted.
The person who has been impersonating the fighters seems to do so with a similar style. They tweet on a frequent basis, an unusual amount for a busy MMA fighter who is about to compete in a UFC fight. They also make a lot of fan polls and posts, as well as posting about other fighters. It is likely Kassem will not be the last victim of impersonation, so fight fans should watch out for some of these signs.
For fans who want to keep up to date with the real Nadia Kassem, follow her on Instagram at nadiakassem_187.
UFC Fight Night 121 takes place this Saturday November 18 from the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The early preliminary portion of the card featuring Chambers VS Kassem will air live on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30pm EST.