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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Mostrando enorme respeito por Cub Swanson, seu adversário no UFC Austin deste sábado (22/11), Frankie Edgar comenta que ama seu trabalho, e o que seria se não fosse um lutador, fala de sua luta favorita e muito mais.
21/11/2014
Protagonista do UFC Austin deste sábado (20/11), Cub Swanson fala de seu oponente, Frank Edgar, analisa a categoria peso pena e deixa claro o que acha do irlandês Conor McGregor. Assine o canal Combate: http://on.ufc.com/assinecombate
21/11/2014
Cub Swanson e Frankie Edgar ficam frente a frente pela última vez antes de protagonizarem o UFC Fight Night deste sábado, no canal Combate. Assine o Canal Combate: http://on.ufc.com/assinecombate
21/11/2014
Pesagem do Fight Night Austin no The Frank Erwin Center em 21 de novembro, 2014 em Austin, Texas. (Fotos de Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
21/11/2014