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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Kyoji Horiguchi is training in Tokyo, Japan and wants to be the fighter that makes the UFC big in Japan. Horiguchi headlines the UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims against Neil Seery on Sunday at Fight Night Rotterdam.
4 mai 2016
Watch the UFC 198 Q&A with Jose Aldo, Amanda Nunes and Claudia Gadelha live from the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil on Friday, May 13 at 1:30pm/10:30am ETPT.
13 mai 2016
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles recaps last week's second episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs Team Claudia and preview's tonight's all new episode, where No. 1 overall picks Tatiana Suarez and JJ Aldrich meet in the Octagon.
4 mai 2016
UFC.com insider Forrest Griffin and host Matt Parrino break down all the strawweight fighters who advanced to the house after the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs Team Claudia.
3 mai 2016