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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All-time great Anderson Silva discusses the growth of MMA, how his injury impacted his life outside the Octagon, and how he is preparing to face dangerous striker Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
2014-10-22
Team Alpha Male leader Urijah Faber previews the main event showdown between teammate Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo at UFC 179.
2014-10-22
Phil Davis gives one-word answers to a host of questions from UFC correspondent Paula Sack ahead of his co-main event showdown with Glover Teixeira at UFC 179.
2014-10-22
Heather Clark and Felice Herrig get up close and personal at their fight selection. Watch the pair duke it out on an all-new episode of The Ultimate Fighter!
2014-10-22