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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フェザー級のコンテンダー、コナー・マグレガーがブラジルのビーチについて語る。UFC 179に参戦するジョゼ・アルド、チャド・メンデス、フィル・デイヴィス、そしてグローヴァー・テイシェイラの決戦直前の様子をUFCエンベッデッドで見てみよう。
2014/10/24
ブラジル現地時間2014年10月24日にマラカニャジーニョ・ギムナジウムで行われたUFC 179の公式計量の模様。(Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2014/10/24
Megan Olivi sits down with UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis for an extended interview. Hear Davis discuss life growing up, his famous pink shorts and his bout against Glover Teixeira at UFC 179.
2014/10/24
人気者コナー・マグレガーがブラジルで行われたUFC 179 Q&A終了後に報道陣の取材に応じる。
2014/10/24