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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UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles runs down all the need-to-know- news for Thursday, October 23, including Ronda Rousey's next fight and the UFC 179 open workouts.
23 oct. 2014
Glover Teixeira prend un moment afin de répondre à quelques questions rapides de la correspondante de l'UFC, Paula Sack, en prévision de son combat contre Phil Davis à l'UFC 179.
23 oct. 2014
Neil Magny reflects on his experience on The Ultimate Fighter and what compels him to perform at his best every time he enters the Octagon.
22 oct. 2014
Jose Aldo s'entraîne aux côtés de Junior Dos Santos. L'aspirant Chad Mendes arrive à Rio. Phil Davis vérifie son poids et Glover Teixeira s'entraîne à remporter le tout premier combat de l'UFC par "l'odeur".
22 oct. 2014