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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Jon Jones a défendu son titre des poids mi-lourds pour la cinquième fois en disposant de Chael Sonnen à l'UFC 159. Ne manquez pas Jones face à Daniel Cormier en cobat principal de l'UFC 200.
1 juil. 2016
The Chive a discuté avec Daniel Cormier de sa rencontre mémorable avec Jon Jones hors de l'Octogone. Le récit était si palpitant que The Chive a décid d'en faire une animation.
30 juin 2016
With the semifinals now complete and one of the best fights of the season about to unfold, don't miss the last episode of The Ultimate Fighter on Wednesday at 10pm ET on FS1.
30 juin 2016
Préparez-vous pour la soirée la plus historique de l'histoire de l'UFC avec Hank et George qui discutent du combat revanche pour le titre des poids mi-lourds de l'UFC entre Daniel Cormier et Jon Jones dans ce court métrage spécial.
30 juin 2016