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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Hear from light heavyweight Phil Davis following his win over Glover Teixeira in the UFC 179 co-main event. Davis opens up to UFC correspondent Megan Olivi about how he prepares to win every time he steps into the Octagon.
25 oct. 2014
UFC 179: Aldo vs Mendes 2 at Maracanazinho on October 25, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
25 oct. 2014
Darren Elkins reflects on his split decision victory with UFC correspondent Megan Olivi backstage at UFC 179. Elkins discusses how his time off impacted his performance and when he plans to get back into the Octagon.
25 oct. 2014
UFC correspondent Megan Olivi catches up with Beneil Dariush following his win over previous-undefeated Diego Ferreira at UFC 179.
25 oct. 2014