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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Shortly after their big wins in Barueri, Renan Barao and Lyoto Machida take a few moments to talk about their performance.
2014-12-21
Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao talks about his win over Mitch Gagnon at Fight Night Barueri and wanting another crack at champ T.J. Dillashaw in this octagon interview.
2014-12-20
Hear Lyoto Machida talk about his impressive victory over C.B. Dollaway at Fight Night Barueri inside the Octagon with Jon Anik. He also talks about what could be next for the former light heavyweight champion.
2014-12-20
UFC Fight Night Barueri Event inside the Ginasio Jose Correa on December 20, 2014 in Barueri, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2014-12-20