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 Fight Night event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2016-02-06
Hear from Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, Roy Nelson, Joseph Benavidez and the other big stars after Fight Night Hendricks vs Thompson at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Feb. 6, 2016
2016-02-06
No. 8-ranked Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson spoke backstage with UFC correspondent Megan Olivi about his monumental win over No. 2-ranked Johny Hendricks, the former welterweight champion, at Fight Night Las Vegas.
2016-02-06
Light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux talks backstage to UFC correspondent Megan Olivi about his Fight Night Las Vegas FS1 main card win over Rafael Feijao.
2016-02-06