Photo album: Fathers and fighters

Inside the Octagon, ferocious UFC and WEC fighters go by a bevy of menacing nicknames: The Crowbar, Batman, Lil' Heathen... but outside, many of them go by just three even more powerful letters: "Dad."

Inside the Octagon, ferocious UFC and WEC fighters go by a bevy of menacing nicknames: The Crowbar, Batman, Lil' Heathen... but outside, many of them go by just three even more powerful letters: "Dad." Click to see photo album

Take Vladimir Matyushenko, aka The Janitor, who's headlining the UFC's first-ever fight card in San Diego on August 1. Just 21 years old when his son was born, he raised the boy himself -- all of their extended family still lives in Belarus. Today, Roman Matyushenko is a great martial artist with a promising MMA career ahead of him who just graded from Air Force boot camp.

fdmatyu“Being a father is the hardest and greatest challenge I have ever faced; but it is also the most fun, significant, and fulfilling experience of my life," he says. My son, Roman, has brought the best out of me, and I am grateful to him for that. ”

To celebrate Father's Day, we created this album of pictures of fighters with their own fathers and with their children.
 

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Photos tirées du septième épisode de la série The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3.
19 avr. 2014
Voici un aperçu des coulisses de l'UFC 172. Le champion Jon Jones affrontera Glover Teixeira, son plus redoutable adversaire en carrière. Luke Rockhold fera face à Tim Boetsch et Phil Davis accueillera Anthony Johnson dans sa nouvelle catégorie de poids.
20 avr. 2014
Le champion national de lutte, Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis, accueille Anthony "Rumble" Johnson dans sa nouvelle catégorie de poids. Voyez-les s'affronter dans le cadre de l'événement UFC 172 le 26 avril.
17 avr. 2014
L'ancien champion des poids moyens Strikeforce, Luke Rockhold, affrontera Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch lors de l'UFC 172 à Baltimore. Countdown vous offre un aperçu des préparatifs les ayant menés à cet événement.
17 avr. 2014