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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Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino preview the fights w/ rankings implications at IFW in Las Vegas when Rafael Dos Anjos faces Eddie Alvarez meet at Fight Night Las Vegas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Claudia Gadelha at The Ultimate Fighter Finale.
2016-07-01
Preview one of the biggest rivalries in all of MMA, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha fight in a rematch for the strawweight title on July 8.
2016-07-01
Go inside a training day of Joanna Jedrzeczyk in the lead up to her title fight against Claudia Gadelha. Don't miss the strawweight championship bout at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8.
2016-07-01
A product of Oklahoma, Johny Hendricks has a very diverse background. Spend the day with Hendricks and learn more about Hendricks' Roots and don't miss his bout at UFC 200 vs Kelvin Gastelum.
2016-07-01