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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Watch Derrick Lewis talk about his life story and why he feels like he has lived two different lives. Don't miss Lewis in the main event of Fight Night Albany on Dec. 9 exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.
2016-12-05
UFC 206 is this Saturday night, Dec. 10. But don't forget about UFC Fight Night Albany exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Dec. 9. Lisa Foiles previews the card and gives you a few reasons not to miss the action.
2016-12-05
Matt Brown wraps up his Colorado training, while Donald Cerrone takes his team to work in Cabo. Max Holloway promotes his championship fight in LA, as Anthony Pettis, now vying for a title in a second weight division, rewards himself with a steak dinner.
2016-12-05
Dan Hardy and John Gooden analyze the featherweights at UFC 206 including the interim title matchup, Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis and Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi.
2016-12-05