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 competidor meio-médio "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler fez uma batalha contra o veterano Bobby Voelker, e terminou emplacnado seu 18º nocaute. Assista ao UFC Fight Night San Jose e confira Lawler vs. Matt Brown.
21/07/2014
Antes do UFC chegar em San Jose no dia 26 de julho, o 'Road to the Octagon': Lawler x Brown traz tudo das preparações dos 6 maiores astros do UFC Fight Night. Os astutos meio-médios Robbie Lawler e Matt Brown brigam pela posição de desafiante.
19/07/2014
Antes dos pesos pena Clay Guida e Dennis Bermudez travarem uma guerra no sábado em San Jose, veja como os dois têm treinado nesta edição do Road to the Octagon.
19/07/2014
Antes do UFC chegar em San Jose no dia 26 de julho, o 'Road to the Octagon': Lawler vs Brown traz tudo das preparações e das vidas de seis das maiores estrelas do UFC Fight Night.
19/07/2014