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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Frank Mir takes you inside what gets his blood pumping, and why he feels more at home in The Octagon than anywhere else. Watch Mir take on Andrei Arlovski in their much-anticipated match-up this Saturday at UFC 191.
1 sept. 2015
Dan Hardy and John Gooden guide you through UFC 191 in Unibet's Inside The Octagon. Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson meet each other for the flyweight belt as Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir face off in the co-main event.
2 sept. 2015
Watch a preview of the UFC FIGHT PASS exclusive 'MMA in the Family: John Lineker.' Don't miss out on this and even more great UFC content - sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS now.
1 sept. 2015
Our super slow motion camera catches all the big hits from the first meeting between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. Catch the rematch this Saturday on Pay-Per-View, live from Las Vegas, NV.
1 sept. 2015