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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Assista à novo pré-estréia da elétrica luta principal do UFC 189, com a disputa do título dos penas entre Conor McGregor e campeão José Aldo em 11 de julho, em Las Vegas.
23/05/2015
Assista à coletiva de imprensa pós-lutas ao vivo na sequência do evento.
18/05/2015
UFC 187 no MGM Grand Garden Arena em 23 de maio, 2015 em Las Vegas, Nevada. (Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
23/05/2015
A torcida brasileira marcou presença em Las Vegas e vibrou muito com a vitória de Rafael Sapo sobre Uriah Hall, e apesar de todos os gritos de apoio a Belfort, os fãs não conseguiram comemorar uma nova vitória de outro atleta do país.
24/05/2015