Yesterday was fathers day, and many members of the MMA community took to social media to show how they were celebrating. Some were being honored by their children. Others, meanwhile, shared heartfelt messages to their own fathers and adoptive father figures. Others still memorialized fathers who have passed away. Our namesake BJ Penn even got some unexpected love from one UFC featherweight fighter!
Here are some of the best Father’s Day posts from the stars of the MMA world, including Daniel Cormier, Renzo Gracie, Gina Carano, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Paige VanZant, Michael Bisping and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Happy Father’s Day to my pops, I know things are tough right now pop but as you’ve shown me my whole life things will be ok. Thanks for showing me how to be a strong, hardworking, loving father to my wife and kids. Thanks pop. Happy Father’s Day Mr. P. We all love you. pic.twitter.com/PIvMEJun1m
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 17, 2018
“A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” Happy Father’s Day to all…. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😃❤️ 🇺🇸🇧🇷🇺🇸🇧🇷🇺🇸🇧🇷🇺🇸🇧🇷🇺🇸🇧🇷🇺🇸 “Um pai tem que ser um provedor, um professor, um modelo, mas o mais importante, uma figura de autoridade distante que nunca pode ser satisfeita. Caso contrário, como as crianças entenderão o conceito de Deus?” Feliz dia dos pais a todos… 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😃❤️
Happy Fathers Day Pops and to all the fathers out there!! . . . Not many people live the life I live and no all get to have a father in their life. I was blessed to live this life and I get to do it with the best father the Lord could've given to me. From the childhood lessons to the adult lessons hes still instilling in me. Theres no other father I'd want to call my Dad. From hunting, fishing, motorycle riding, work, and road trip partners. I know at any point in time I can always count on my Pops to be down to ride. Because I am my father's son, and no matter how irritated he makes me or how country he can. I'm always proud to claim him as my Father. . . . #happyfathersday #mydad #pops #hunting #partners #roaddog
Happy Father’s Day!❤️ pic.twitter.com/15V3y9mEk1
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) June 17, 2018
Happy Father's Day to my dad pic.twitter.com/1LQ081JciB
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) June 17, 2018
Needless to say, it looks like it was a great Father’s Day for the MMA community. How did you celebrate?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/17/2018.