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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A threat on the ground and on the feet, Dennis Siver is looking to get back on track when he faces Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event of Fight Night Berlin on June 20.
2015-05-27
Germany's Nick Hein brings explosive power and aggression into the Octagon every time he fights. Next up for Hein is Lukasz Sajewski on the main card of Fight Night Berlin on June 20 at the O2 World Berlin.
2015-05-27
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles briefly previews this week's all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians on FOX Sports 1 at 10pm/7pm ETPT Wednesday night.
2015-05-27
No. 4-ranked welterweight Carlos Condit is coming off an injury and is eager to get back in the mix at 170 pounds. Thiago Alves is coming off a devastating come-from-behind finish in his last fight. They meet in the main event of Fight Night Goiania.
2015-05-26