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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Coach Anderson Silva reacts to emotional news in episode 3 of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4. See what unfolds Monday, April 20, exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
2015-04-18
Voyez la conférence de presse d'après-combat en direct immédiatement après l'événement.
2015-04-06
Hear from UFC president Dana White, Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, Beneil Dariush, Paige VanZant, and Max Holloway in these Fight Night New Jersey post fight press conference highlights.
2015-04-18
Luke Rockhold fortified his position among the elite of the middleweight division with his second round submission win against division top contender and UFC legend Lyoto Machida. He spoke to Megan Olivi backstage about his performance.
2015-04-18