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 flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson battles Chris Cariaso for the title, Donald Cerrone welcomes Eddie Alvarez to the Octagon and rising star Conor McGregor faces rival Dustin Poirier.
2014-08-27
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 173 went down as one of the biggest upsets in company history. Watch Fight Flashback on Aug. 28 at 7pm/4pm ETPT on Fox Sports 1 to relive the fight.
2014-08-27
UFC president Dana White spoke to the media at a scrum following the UFC 180 press conference in Mexico City on Aug. 26. Hear what the boss had to say.
2014-08-27
UFC bantamweight, former world title challenger, and Team Alpha Male head honcho Urijah Faber previews the highly-anticipated rematch between training partner T.J. Dillashaw and two-time foe Renan Barao at UFC 177.
2014-08-27