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 199's stars find ways to relax as training camps wind down. Luke Rockhold enjoys a pedicure, while Dominick Cruz resists cake. Michael Bisping and Urijah Faber watch Sunday’s fights live to cheer on their training partners.
2016-05-31
Saveur californienne! Le champion Dominick Cruz s'entraîne avec Cat Zingano tandis que son rival, Urijah Faber, plonge avec Clay Guida et Chad Mendes. Michael Bisping passe du temps en famille et Luke Rockhold s'amuse aux dépends d'un ami.
2016-05-30
The UFC shows its support for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes, which is a leader in supporting the Armed Forces and their families.
2016-05-29
Michael Bisping a remporté sa huitième victoire par KO à l'UFC lorsqu'il a vaincu Cung Le. Bisping se mesurera à Luke Rockhold pour la ceinture des poids moyens le 4 juin à la télé à la carte.
2016-05-30