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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UFC 190 weigh-In inside HSBC Arena on July 31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
31/07/2015
Confira o último episódio da série Embedded. Os momentos íntimos dos lutadores nos momentos que antecedem o UFC 190, neste sábado, no Rio de Janeiro.
31/07/2015
Atleta mais alto do UFC, Stefan Struve garante que usará seu alcance para nocautear Rodrigo Minotauro em até dois rounds. O duelo de pesos-pesados acontece no UFC 190. Assine o Canal Combate - http://on.ufc.com/assinecombate
31/07/2015
Neil Magny fará sua terceira luta no Brasil no próximo sábado, quando encara Demian Maia no card do UFC 190. Assine o Canal Combate - http://on.ufc.com/assinecombate
31/07/2015