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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Check in with jiu jitsu specialist and heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum as he trains for his bout with Travis Browne at UFC on FOX 11.
2014-04-19
Voyez la pesée officielle de l'UFC Fight Night : Werdum vs Browne.
2014-04-14
Jim Miller a impressionné en finissant un troisième adversaire consécutifs lors de son affrontement de l'événement UFC on FX 1 contre Melvin Guillard.
2014-04-16
Jon Jones montre ce que c'est que d'être un véritable phénomène en disposant de Vitor Belfort pour ainsi récolter sa huitième victoire consécutives lors de sa quatrième défense de titre.
2014-04-18