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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Holly Holm sera de retour dans l'Octogone contre Valentina Shevchenko à l'UFC Fight Night Chicago tandis que Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez se mesurera à Edson Barboza. À ne pas manquer ce soir sur RDS 2 et CTV 2.
2016-07-23
UFC weigh-in at the United Center on July 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photos by Josh HedgesZuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2016-07-22
Voyez les faits saillants de la pesée de l'événement Fight Night Chicago avec Holly Holm, Valentina Shevchenko, Edson Barboza et Gilbert Melendez.
2016-07-22
Voyez les Q&R de l'UFC 201 avec les champions Eddie Alvarez et Amanda Nunes le vendredi 29 juillet à 14:00 HE/11:00 HP en direct du Fox Theatre.
2016-07-29