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 Countdown vous emmène dans les coulisses de l'UFC 179 alors que trois Brésiliens se préparent en vue de leur affrontement. Dans ce segment, Diego Ferreira se prépare pour son combat contre le prometteur Beneil Dariush.
19 oct. 2014
UFC Countdown vous emmène dans les coulisses de l'UFC 179 alors que trois Brésiliens se préparent en vue de leur affrontement. Glover Teixeira tentera de rebondir à la suite de son récent combat de championnat alors qu'il sera opposé à Phil Davis.
16 oct. 2014
Countdown vous emmène dans les coulisses de l'UFC 179 alors que trois Brésiliens se préparent en vue de leur affrontement. Le champion poids plume, Jose Aldo, accueillera son rival. Chad Mendes, qui voit ce combat comme une chance de rédemption.
19 oct. 2014
L'Octagon Girl de l'UFC, Arianny Celeste, a accordé une entrevue approfondie à Diane Tauzon de CBS News à Las Vegas au sujet de sa vie et de sa carrière.
19 oct. 2014