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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American-based fighters find home comforts abroad, as Stefan Struve seeks familiar foods and Ronda Rousey relaxes with a soothing scent. Bethe Correia arrives in Rio for her title shot and Shogun Rua returns to his home country for a rematch.
29 juil. 2015
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 29: Open training session at Pepe Beach on July 29, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
29 juil. 2015
UFC 190 is a top-shelf fight card of some of the organization's hardest hitters. Take a look at some of the biggest knockouts from some of the biggest stars to enter The Ocatgon in Rio.
29 juil. 2015
Main event stars Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia were joined at UFC 190 Open Workouts by Shogun Rua, Rodrigo Nogueira, Stefan Struve and Minotauro Nogueira. All six fighters put on a show and then spoke to UFC correspondent Megan Olivi.
29 juil. 2015