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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Media members get a chance to catch up with UFC 172 headliners Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, and co-main event stars Anthony Johnson and Phil Davis at Thursday's Ultimate Media Day. See them all weigh-in tomorrow at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT on UFC.com.
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Combat complet de la série The Ultimate Fighter 19 entre Cathal Pendred et Hector Urbina.
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Le poids léger Yancy Medeiros vous offre un aperçu de son camp d'entraînement alors qu'il se prépare en vue de son combat de l'UFC 172 contre le vétéran Jim Miller.
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UFC 172 media day at Camden Yards on April 24, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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