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 Minute host Lisa Foiles takes a look at the co-main event of UFC 189 in Las Vegas between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald for the welterweight title.
2015-06-30
Featherweight No. 1 contender Conor McGregor predicted back in 2008 that he would one day challenge for the UFC title, and now he has his chance at UFC 189 when he takes on the only featherweight champion - Jose Aldo - in UFC history.
2015-06-22
The always-exciting Frank Mir delivers a brutal KO against Bigfoot Silva in this edition of KO of the Week. Mir faces Todd Duffee at Fight Night San Diego.
2015-06-30
FREE MMA VIDEO: Watch the official UFC Fight Kit launch that took place on Tuesday, June 30 in New York City.
2015-06-30