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
Brasileiro lembra sua luta de jiu-jitsu contra Roger Gracie, quando quebrou o braço, continuou no tatame e venceu por pontos. Jacaré enfrenta Vitor Belfort no UFC 198, em 14 de maio.
04/05/2016
Brasileiro Yan Cabral sobe ao octógono neste domingo (8) para enfrentar o iraniano Reza Madadi no UFC Roterdã, na Holanda. Assista Ao Vivo e com exclusividade no Canal Combate, a partir das 11h20.
04/05/2016
O brasileiro Francimar Bodão busca a terceira vitória seguida no octógono, contra o russo Nikita Krylov, neste domingo (8), no UFC Roterdã.
04/05/2016
Relembre vitória de Andrei Arlovski contra Ian Freeman no UFC 40, em 2002. Arlovski sobe ao octógono neste domingo para enfrentar Alistair Overeem na luta principal do UFC Roterdã, na Holanda.
25/04/2016