ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

While moms can sometimes be embarrassing, as the UFC's Michael Chisea will tell you, you don't want to mess with a mixed martial artist's mama.

Whether they're cheering from the sidelines or actually throwing down inside the Octagon, you can always count on the matriarch to be the champion of the family who always has a lot of heart.

In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a look at some of our favorite MMA moms.

Cat Zingano

As the first mother to ever compete in the UFC, the women's bantamweight veteran is an inspiration to the world for a lot of reasons.

Not only is proof positive that moms can kick ass, but she's also become a mental health advocate by helping others in the wake of her husband's suicide. While she may not have a belt, Zingano is, without a doubt, a champion.

Michelle Waterson

No one seems to be a cooler MMA mom than strawweight star .

The former Invicta FC champ was the subject of the incredible Fight Mom documentary ahead of her recent battle against Paige VanZant, which showed the world how the "Karate Hottie" balances fighting with motherhood. Waterson also seems to love having her little one by her side during the pre-fight festivities, making them the most adorable mother-daughter duo.

Sara McMann

We're guessing the neighborhood kids aren't picking any fights with Sara McMann's daughter, as they wouldn't want to make this MMA mom mad.

McMann boasts an impressive athletic resume, having earned a silver medal in wrestling during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Not only has she gone toe-to-toe in the ring with the world's best wrestlers, but she's also faced some of the UFC's top superstars over the years, including , Miesha Tate, and Amanda Nunes.

Alexis Davis

Perennial women's bantamweight contender Alexis Davis is another UFC star who knows how to kick butt at both being a mom and a fighter.

Davis recently returned to action last summer following the birth of her son. The Canadian martial artist, who owns a win over the division's current champ , got back into the win column earlier this year with her decision victory over Cindy Dandois at .

Ronda Rousey's Mom

The world has the outspoken Dr. AnnMaria De Mars for giving us the UFC's all-time biggest superstar Ronda Rousey.

Never afraid to speak her mind, Rousey's mom has become a star herself, and for good reason. Not only is she the mother of the former UFC champ, but she's also a legendary martial artist herself, having made history as the first American to ever take win a gold medal at the World Judo Championships in 1984.

Cowboy Cerrone's Grandma

Grandmas need love on Mother's Day, too!

Donald Cerrone has a very special relationship with his grandmother, who is, by far, the biggest Cowboy fan in the world. The UFC star has dedicated fights to her in the past, and often credits her for being one of his life's most important inspirations.

Benson Henderson's Mom

Former UFC lightweight champ and current star Benson Henderson is very close with his mother.

The son of a Korean immigrant, Henderson always tries to give back and honor his mom for making it possible for him to pursue his dreams. The ex-titleholder's mama is also pretty good on the mats herself.

Cindy Dandois

UFC newcomer Cindy Dandois is another mom who packs a punch.

The Belgian bantamweight went 2-1 for Invicta before making her way to the Octagon, owning a win over The Ultimate Fighter alum Jessamyn Duke. The victory over Duke was particularly nasty, so it's probably a good idea to not get on Dandois' bad side.

Bec Rawlings

Strawweight veteran Bec Rawlings has gone up against some of the division's best over the years, all while taking on the superheroic task of raising two young boys.

The Australian star has gone head-to-head with the likes of Carla Esparza and Paige VanZant during her MMA career, and earned a spot in the UFC following a stint on TUF. She also named one of her sons after the legendary Enson Inoue, so you know she's got an undying love for the sport.

Miyu Yamamoto

Fighting is in the Yamamoto genes.

Miyu Yamamoto, the sister of Japanese combat sports icon Kid Yamamoto, is a badass mom who's both a three-time freestyle wrestling world champ and an MMA fighter. If that wasn't enough, she recently made her Rizin debut on the same card as her son, Asen Yamamoto, who's also an MMA fighter.


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