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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No. 1-ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson and No. 7-ranked Jimi Manuwa talk about their main card showdown at UFC 191 in this edition of "The Matchup." Johnson and Manuwa both expect to find out which lethal striker is more dangerous Saturday night.
2015-09-03
In this edition of Draft Kings Fantasy Facts, Dominick Cruz takes an inside look at the numbers for John Dodson, Demetrious Johnson, Andrei Arlovski and more as they approach UFC 191 this Saturday on Pay-Per-View.
2015-09-03
John Dodson gets bonus when his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor. While he races home to Albuquerque, Demetrious Johnson, Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Jimi Manuwa, and Paige VanZant go about their fight business at the Red Rock Resort.
2015-09-03
Les matchmakers de l'UFC, Joe Silva et Sean Shelby, vous offrent un aperçu de certains combats les plus intéressants de l'UFC 190 dont Johnson vs Dodson, Pearson vs Felder, Rivera vs Lineker et plus. UFC 191 en direct ce samedi sur UFC.TV.
2015-09-03