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.
 

Sábado, Outubro 25
23h
BRT
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Recente
A Contagem Regressiva mostra as preparações e as vidas de José Aldo, Chad Mendes, Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis, Diego Ferreira e Beneil Dariush antes de suas lutas no UFC 179, em 25 de outubro.
18/10/2014
Norte-americano diz que melhorou muito desde a última vez que eles se encontraram, em 2012. “Se você acha que será como da primeira vez, terá um choque brutal”. *Garanta seu ingressos em - on.ufc.com/ufcingressoscrio
20/10/2014
Norte-americano acredita que seu companheiro de treino vencerá José Aldo com um ground and pound nos últimos rounds. *Garanta seu ingressos em - on.ufc.com/ufcingressoscrio
Lembra dessa? Em junho de 2009, no WEC 41, José Aldo acertou uma joelhada voadora dupla no americano Cub Swanson e nocauteou o adversário em apenas oito segundos. UFC 179: ingressos à venda em - on.ufc.com/ufcingressoscrio
20/10/2014