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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L'animatrice de La minute UFC, Lisa Foiles, discute des combats à surveiller à l'événement Fight Night Stockholm.
23 mai 2017
Joe Rogan previews the Fight Night Stockholm light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Misha Circkunov.
22 mai 2017
Watch Max Holloway's Performance of the Night victory over Cub Swanson during their bout in Newark, New Jersey in April of 2015.
22 mai 2017
Alexander Gustafsson s'entraîne dans l'ombre dans une ville marquée par la tragédie. Devant lui se tiendra Glover Teixeira dont la carrière et la vie personnelle prospèrent.
19 mai 2017