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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Recente
O campeão Johny Hendricks enfrenta Robbie Lawaler, nos meio-médios, e Anthony Pettis coloca seu cinturão dos leves em jogo contra Gilbert Melendez. Confira os confrontos que definiram essas disputas, que acontecem em 6 de dezembro.
26/11/2014
Perdeu a joelhada de Fabrício Werdum em Mark Hunt? Confira alguns dos golpes mais bonitos do evento que deu o cinturão interinos dos pesados ao brasileiro. Assine o canal Combate: http://on.ufc.com/assinecombate
26/11/2014
O repórter Matt Parrino, do UFC.com, e o ex-lutador Forrest Griffin falam sobre a colocação do brasileiro no ranking, comentam a vitória de Frankie Edgar e respondem os fãs. Confira o Ranking Completo - www.ufc.com.br/rankings
25/11/2014
O campeão Johny Hendricks enfrenta Robbie Lawler, nos meio-médios, e o campeão Anthony Pettis luta contra Gilbert Melendez, nos leves. O card do dia 6 de dezembro é um dos mais importantes de 2014. *Assine o Canal Combate - http://glo.bo/1kKhnP0
25/11/2014