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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Soyez des nôtres pour le premier épisode de la minute UFC! L'animatrice Lisa Foiles vous fait part de certains faits marquants et vous offre un aperçu des activitiés de la journée.
30 juil. 2014
At UFC 125, Brad Tavares lets his hands and knees fly against Phil Baroni, looking to make it a quick night in the Octagon. See Tavares take on Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night Bangor.
29 juil. 2014
Nick Diaz est de retour à l'UFC et a accordé une entrevue exclusive avec UFC.com. Il parle notamment d'un affrontement potentiel avec Anderson Silva, explique comment il a été initié au combat et plus encore.
28 juil. 2014
Le jeune poids mi-lourds Ryan "Darth" Bader utilise sa mobilité et rapidité contre le cogneur Rampage Jackson à l'UFC 144. Voyez Bader contre Ovince Saint Preux à l'UFC Fight Night Bangor.
28 juil. 2014