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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UFC correspondent Megan Olivi recaps the day in London, England on the second-last stop of the UFC 189 World Championship Tour. Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo speak to the assembled media at the Hotel Cafe Royal.
30.03.2015
Watch the post-fight press conference live following the event.
30.03.2015
Watch the official weigh-in for UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2, live Friday, April 10 at 10am/7am ETPT.
30.03.2015
Verfolgt die UFC 189 World Tour Pressekonferenz aus Dublin live am Dienstag, den 31. März ab 19 Uhr.
31.03.2015