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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Before Michael Bisping fights Georges St-Pierre in New York City at UFC 217, he sat down with Megan Olivi in this edition of The Exchange. Join UFC FIGHT PASS to watch the full video.
2017-09-26
Avec une victoire à l'UFC 216, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson passerait à l'histoire de l'UFC en devenant le premier combattant à défendre sa ceinture onze fois consécutive. Commandez l'UFC 216 maintenant au http://www.ufc.com/ppv
2017-09-25
Megan Olivi s'entretient avec Gokhan Saki à la suite de sa brillante victoire par KO lors de ses débuts à l'UFC contre Henrique da Silva à l'événement Fight Night Japan.
2017-09-22
Ovince Saint Preux discute avec Megan Olivi après sa victoire par soumission sur Yushin Okami à l'événement UFC Fight Night Japan.
2017-09-22