UFC athletes celebrate Mother’s Day: Justin Gaethje, Carla Esparza, Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa & more celebrate holiday

Being a UFC athlete usually requires a certain willingness to be provocative and to entertain – but sometimes they’re just family oriented individuals who like to celebrate with their loved ones.

Following the defeat at UFC 274, Justin Gaethje was spotted having a meal with his mother and wished her a happy Mother’s Day.

Newly crowned strawweight champion, Carla Esparza is in the middle of preparing for her wedding day. The newly minted champion confirmed she’d like to walk the aisle with her belt – as her something new.

She celebrated the occasion with her mother.

She captioned the post ‘Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing moms out there, and especially to my mom for always being there for me and pushing me to be my best! She is so selfless, and has always gone above and beyond to help me in whatever way I needed to succeed. Love you mom! ‘

Another UFC strawweight was spotted with five generations of her family.

‘Happy Mother’s Day everyone, 5 generations all first borns haha’

Former Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic included both his wife and her mother in the celebration
‘Just wanted to wish my amazing wife a very Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for everything, thank you for doing things that make are family better… we are truly blessed to have you, also the kids are so lucky to have such an amazing mother! We love you so much! I also wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and mother in law @jeanmcarney… thank you both for always babying me haha love you both’

UFC middleweights Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa took a different tone in their respective holiday wishes.

UFC veteran Mark Coleman celebrated with his mother.