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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Chegou a hora de conhecer um pouco mais da vida e da história do brasileiro Renan Barão. O seu refúgio em Natal, no Rio Grande do Norte, a família, os amigos e todos aqueles que acompanharam a trajetória do ex-campeão do peso galo do UFC.
24/05/2016
Brasileiro sobe ao octógono no próximo domingo (29) para enfrentar o norte-americano Chris Camozzi no UFC Vegas.
24/05/2016
Confira o quinto episódio da série Laboratório da Luta. A promessa Thomas Almeida tem os seus limites físicos testados pela nossa equipe de especialistas. Brasileiro sobe ao octógono no próximo domingo para enfrentar Cody Garbrandt no UFC Vegas.
23/05/2016
Então campeão dos galos, brasileiro derrotou o norte-americano com um nocaute no segundo do UFC 165, em 2013. Agora nos penas, Renan Barão estreia na categoria contra Jeremy Stephens no próximo domingo (29), no UFC Vegas.
23/05/2016