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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Watch Vitor Belfort's appearance in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a hearing on July 23 to apply for a fighting license in Las Vegas. The committee voted unanimously in Belfort's favor.
23 juil. 2014
Dans cette édition de la technique MetroPCS de la semaine, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson envoie Yoshiyuki Yoshida sur son dos d'un puissant crochet de la droite.
Après avoir déversé son fiel sur Dan Henderson à l'UFC 173, l'invaincu poids lourd Daniel Cormier a défié le champion Jon Jones.
23 juil. 2014
Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing on July 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
23 juil. 2014