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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À l'approche de l'UFC Fight Night Portland revoyez John Dodson affronter Manvel Gamburyan à l'événement Fight Night Tampa. Voyez Dodson en action le 1er octobre alors qu'il se mesurera à John Lineker en carte principal de l'événement Fight Night Portland.
2016-09-23
Watch the backstage interview with former bantamweight champion Renan Barao after his first win at featherweight, taking out Phillipe Nover in the co-main event of Fight Night Brasilia.
2016-09-25
Hear the backstage interview with Roy Nelson, who finished Bigfoot Silva by TKO in the second round of their Fight Night Brasilia main card heavyweight showdown on FS1.
2016-09-24
UFC analyst Robin Black breaks down the UFC 204 main event - a rivalry rematch from UFC 100 - between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson for the UFC middleweight championship in Manchester, England on Oct. 8.
2016-09-24