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 Ultimate Media Day at the Hilton Tokyo on September 17, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2014-09-17
Hard training by Team Melendez takes it's toll on the fighters while the women on Team Pettis are frustrated by their overbearing coaches. Then, No. 2 Joanne Calderwood faces the number fifteen ranked Emily Kagan for a spot in the quarterfinals.
2014-09-12
Megan Olivi catches up with Fight Night Japan headliners Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson, as well as lightweight stars Myles Jury and Takanori Gomi at Ultimate Media Day.
2014-09-17
Lisa Foiles runs down all the need-to-know news from today, September 17, including an all-new episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 20, today's Ultimate Media Day, and the Miesha Tate collection on UFC FIGHT PASS.
2014-09-17