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
Confira as entrevistas dos quatro principais lutadores do UFC Chicago após a pesagem realizada na última sexta-feira (22). O evento será transmitido hoje (23) pelo Combate a partir das 17h. Não perca!
23/07/2016
UFC weigh-in at the United Center on July 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photos by Josh HedgesZuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
22/07/2016
Assista Ao Vivo, a partir das 18h, a pesagem de todos os lutadores do UFC Chicago, evento que acontece nesse sábado (23).
22/07/2016
O UFC Chicago acontece nesse sábado (23), com a luta principal entre a ex-campeã Holly Holm e a ucraniana Valentina Shevchenko. E mais: O brasileiro Edson Barboza encara o norte-americano Gilbert Melenzes no co-main event da noite.
22/07/2016