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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Faites connaissance avec le combattant de Team Velasquez, Alex Torres. Voyez-le affronter Rodolfo Rubio lors du sixième épisode de la série The Ultimate Fighter Latin America! Nouvel épisode disponible chaque mardi sur UFC FIGHT PASS!
29 sept. 2014
Faites connaissance avec le combattant de Team Velasquez, Rodolfo Rubio. Voyez-le affronter Alex Torres dans le sixième épisode de la série The Ultimate Fighter Latin America! Voyez un nouvel épisode chaque mardi sur UFC FIGHT PASS!
29 sept. 2014
Carla Esparza s'apprête à affronter Angela Hill lors du prochain épisode de la série The Ultimate Fighter! Voyez un nouvel épisode chaque semaine sur UFC FIGHT PASS.
29 sept. 2014
Angela Hill s'apprête à affronter Carla Esparza lors du prochain épisode de la série The Ultimate Fighter! Voyez un nouvel épisode chaque semaine sur UFC FIGHT PASS.
29 sept. 2014