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 as contestants from The Ultimate Fighter check out Harley-Davidson motorcycles, experience the Jumpstart and talk about the history of Harley in their families.
30 sept. 2016
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles previews some potential Fight of the Night candidates to come at Fight Night Portland on Saturday.
30 sept. 2016
UFC 204 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps of six athletes with something to prove. Catch the premiere on FS1 on Oct. 2 at 12:30am ET.
30 sept. 2016
Vitor Belfort added a Knockout of the Night bonus to his resume when he downed Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. Belfort returns to the Octagon against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204 on Saturday.
30 sept. 2016