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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Hear from Tyron Woodley, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Nikita Krylov and Jake Ellenberger in the UFC 201 post fight press conference highlights.
2016-07-30
During the UFC 201 event on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photos by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2016-07-30
New UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley spoke with UFC correspondent Megan Olivi about his win at UFC 201 against Robbie Lawler.
2016-07-30
Tyron Woodley finishes Robbie Lawler by knockout in the first round to win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 201. Both men spoke about the fight with UFC commentator Joe Rogan inside the Octagon after the fight.
2016-07-30