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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 champ and analyst Daniel Cormier previews the Fight Night Atlantic City main event, featuring Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza.
2018. 4. 19
Coaches Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier and the cast of undefeated fighters are ready to put on a show on Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter.
2018. 4. 18
No. 7-ranked lightweight Kevin Lee is ready to make a comeback after a disappointing loss to Tony Ferguson last time out. He loves the matchup with a tough Edson Barboza and is planning to make a statement in Atlantic City.
2018. 4. 17
Kevin Lee started off a streak of three straight submission victories with this second round finish of Magomed Mustafaev at Fight Night London in 2016. Next, he faces Edson Barboza in the Fight Night Atlantic City main event.
2018. 4. 16