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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Watch the UFC Fight Club Q&A with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
18 avr. 2014
Check in with Edson Barboza while he trains for his bout at UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando. Barboza, owner of one of the greatest KOs in UFC history, works on his wrestling with UFC vet Frankie Edgar and explains why he feels more prepared than ever.
18 avr. 2014
Take a look at the meteoric rise of lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, winner of 21 straight fights. The Russian-born fighter tries to continue that success when he battles Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday at UFC on FOX 11.
18 avr. 2014
Megan Olivi previews UFC on FOX 11, which pits Travis Browne against Fabricio Werdum in the main event. In the co-main, Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate battle to get back into title contention while Edson Barboza and Cowboy Cerrone highlight the main card.
14 avr. 2014