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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L'étoile montante chez les mi-moyens, Matt Brown, a mis sa série de six victoires consécutives en jeu contre Mike Pyle, un combattant possédant 16 victoires par soumission. Voyez maintenant Brown contre Robbie Lawler à l'UFC Fight Night San Jose.
2014-07-25
La correspondante de l'UFC, Paula Sack, s'est entretenue avec Little Nog afin de discuter de son combat à l'événement Fight Night San Jose. Little Nog parle de son adversaire, de son camp d'entraînement et de ce que les fans peuvent s'attendre à voir.
2014-07-24
Megan Olivi s'est entretenue avec la vedette de l'événement Fight Night San Jose, Anthony Johnson et son chien Kona, afin de discuter de son combat contre Little Nog et de ce qu'il aime faire outre combattre dans l'Octogone.
2014-07-24
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.
2014-07-24