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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Brasileiro era dançarino de forró antes de se tornar lutador profissional. Neste sábado, em Goiânia, ele enfrenta o norte-americano Carlos Condit, nos meio-médios. Compre seu ingresso - http://www.livepass.com.br/ufcgo/
27/05/2015
O atleta da Chute Boxe Diego Lima encara o invicto Mirsad Bektic e garante: "Quando ele sentir minha mão, ele vai tentar me botar pra baixo, mas a tendência é nocautear no primeiro round". Não perca essa grande luta!
27/05/2015
O peso-mosca fará um duelo brasileiro conta Jussier Formiga em uma das luta mais aguardadas da categoria e afirma: "Meu treinamento foi super-pesado e na hora eu vou dar meu show". Não perca.
27/10/2015
Vencedor do primeiro TUF Brasil, Rony Jason retorna ao octógono após o hiato de um ano. O lutador superou uma lesão grave e mal pode esperar para colocar seu instinto finalizador/nocauteador diante de Damon Jackson, nas preliminares do UFC Goiânia.
27/05/2015