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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Former pro wrestler CM Punk continues his quest to become an MMA fighter. His wife reluctantly attends a sparring session to see his progress. The couple decides to move to Milwaukee to be closer to the gym, but he experiences a devastating setback.
2016-08-23
Take a slow motion trip through some of the highlights of the entire UFC 202 event, featuring Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
2016-08-23
Stipe Miocic and Alistair will go to war for the heavyweight title on September 10 at UFC 203 live from Cleveland, Ohio. Also on the main card is Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne and the debut of CM Punk versus Mickey Gall.
2016-08-23
Rener and Ryron Gracie break down Anthony Pettis' submission victory over Benson Henderson in 2013. Don't miss Pettis take on Charles Oliveira on Saturday live on FOX.
2016-08-23