"That woman raised a champion" - Fighters and fans send in their wishes as Justin Gaethje celebrates his mother's birthday

Combat Sports community send birthday wishes to Justin Gaethje
Justin Gaethje and his mother [Image courtesy: @justin_gaethje on Instagram]

Justin Gaethje recently celebrated his mother, Carolina Gaethje's, birthday. 'The Highlight' is renowned for his relentless fighting style in the octagon, but few are aware that he is also a devoted family man. He frequently acknowledges his parents for their dedication and hard work in nurturing their family.

The former UFC interim lightweight champion previously revealed how deeply involved his parents were in ensuring he made the right decisions while growing up. His mother even had him drug tested every week.

'The Highlight' recently took to Instagram to share a touching birthday message for his mother, accompanied by a photo of the two of them together:

"Happy birthday to my mother @pstmstr99. I love you very much. You have always exceeded the expectations of what a mother can be. I hope you know that all four of us will forever be grateful for having you as a mother. You are the perfect example of what a mother can be for her children. Thank you for always giving us max effort."

Check out Justin Gaethje's post below:

The combat sports community rallied together in the comment section of Gaethje's Instagram post, uniting to send their heartfelt messages on his mother's birthday.

UFC strawweight fighter Mackenzie Dern wrote:

"Happy birthday, Mrs. Gaethje! @pstmstr99 !!"

Famous MMA content creator Artyom Skirda commented:

"Thanks for giving us, Justin. Happy Birthday!"

One fan wrote:

"That woman raised a champion. Happy birthday."
Credits: Justin Gaethje on Instagram
Credits: Justin Gaethje on Instagram

The 35-year-old Arizona native is presently recovering from a last-second knockout defeat in his BMF title bout against Max Holloway at UFC 300 last month.

Before UFC 300, Gaethje achieved two consecutive wins, notably defeating Dustin Poirier in a rematch at UFC 291 last July, where he claimed the BMF championship.

Justin Gaethje's parents witnessed his vicious KO at UFC 300 octagon side

Justin Gaethje’s parents were among the spectators when he endured what some describe as the most devastating knockout in UFC 300.

'The Highlight' endured a ferocious knockout in the final moments of the BMF title fight against Max Holloway. Despite leading on the scorecards, Holloway signaled towards the canvas, urging Gaethje to scrap it out in the center of the octagon for one last exchange as the fight approached its end.

The fight concluded with a knockout, sending Gaethje tumbling to the canvas with just one second remaining in the fifth and final round.

As it happened, Gaethje’s parents were seated in the second row, directly behind Tim Welch and reigning middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis, so the footage capturing their reactions might be quite disturbing, especially from a parental viewpoint.

Check out the video below:

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