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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Lyoto Machida veut être plus gros, plus fort et plus rapide lors qu'il affrontera CB Dollaway à l'événement Fight Night Barueri samedi. Découvrez comment il entend imposer sa stratégie et comment une victoire pourrait lui donner de la confiance.
17 déc. 2014
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has been reenergized since he moved from Brazil to Los Angeles to improve his training. He takes the first step back to another title shot when he faces CB Dollaway at Fight Night Barueri.
17 déc. 2014
CB Dollaway thinks he has the formula to knock off former champion Lyoto Machida. Dollaway talks about bringing constant pressure when he faces Machida at Fight Night Barueri.
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17 déc. 2014