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 correspondent Megan Olivi checks in from the Fight Night San Jose open workouts in sunny California. Stars put on a workout and discuss how much they appreciate their fans.
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UFC star Nick Diaz signed a contract extension on July 24 at Zuffa headquarters. He then sat down with UFC.com to talk about his future. Here is the trailer.
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Tune in to Fight Night San Jose on Saturday as Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, who have combined for a career 32 knockouts, go toe-to-toe in the Octagon with a welterweight title shot on the line.
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UFC Fight Night open workouts at the SAP Center on July 24, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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