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.
 

Multimedia

Kürzlich
UFC Connected is a monthly magazine show that profiles the fighters and events from the worlds leading MMA promotion. In this episode we ‘Take 5’ with UFC analyst Dan Hardy and find out what European fighters he believes are ones to watch in 2018.
20.02.2018
Witness the relentless training camps and extraordinary lives of six world-class mixed martial artists as they ready for February 24th’s UFC Fight Night on FOX in UFC Road to the Octagon: Emmett vs Stephens.
19.02.2018
Witness the relentless training camps and extraordinary lives of six world-class mixed martial artists as they ready for Fight Night: Emmett vs Stephens. A third heavy-hitting bout features top 10 light heavyweights Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi.
19.02.2018
The stellar co-main event features a pair of top 5 ranked UFC strawweights as Brazil’s Jessica Andrade and Colorado's Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres collide to determine the division’s next title challenger.
19.02.2018