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 commentator Jimmy Smith previews Fight Night Orlando's pivotal main event bout between Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens.
2018-02-21
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2018-02-21
Revoyez l'impressionnante victoire de Jeremy Stephens par KO sur Marcus Davis. Stephens se mesurera maintenant à Josh Emmett à l'événement Fight Night Orlando.
2018-02-21
UFC Connected est un magazine mensuel dressant le profils des combattants participants aux événements du leader mondial en arts martiaux mixtes. Dans cet épisode, on discute avec Dan Hardy des meilleurs espoirs européens à surveiller en 2018.
2018-02-20