Urijah Faber Tweets His Broken Hand

Professional athletes are increasingly using Twitter to communicate with fans, and on Sunday night MMA star Urijah Faber posted one of the best athlete tweets I've seen: Just a couple hours after losing to Mike Brown at WEC 41, Faber used Twitter to post the X-ray of the hand he broke in the first round.

Faber tweeted three times from the hospital Sunday night
, and each tweet consisted of one word "ouch," "surgery" and "nasty!" Faber, who continued fighting despite the broken hand, also posted the X-rays that show his hand injury.

In the cage after the fight, Faber apologized to his hometown fans for losing to Brown, but he explained that with a broken right hand and an injured left hand as well, he simply couldn't throw punches and had to rely on kicks and elbows.

"My weapons were gone," Faber said after the fight. "I'd love to get another shot at this title."

Faber won't get another shot at the championship just yet -- Brown is expected to defend the WEC featherweight belt against Jose Aldo -- but if Faber was willing to keep fighting after that injury, he certainly has the heart of a champion.

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WEC 41 Photos

    Mike Brown and Urijah Faber exchange glares during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Urijah Faber, right, kicks Mike Brown during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Urijah Faber punches Mike Brown during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Urijah Faber kicks Mike Brown during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Urijah Faber punches Mike Brown during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Mike Brown kicks Urijah Faber during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Mike Brown aims to submit Urijah Faber during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Mike Brown punches Urijah Faber during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Urijah Faber kicks Mike Brown during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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    Mike Brown and Urijah Faber battle on the ground during their WEC 41 featherweight title match in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7, 2009.

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