(Would it be possible for the ring to read "Fedor wuz here" backwards, just so we could identify those he’s already pummeled?)
According to a press release sent out this afternoon, WAMMA will be presenting Fedor Emelianenko with a “championship ring” in a special ceremony the day before his fight with Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. The ring was made by Tiffany’s and is “custom designed in the same manner in which the famed jewelry company produces championship rings for the NFL’s Super Bowl champions.”
In other words, it’s some real fancy pants shit. So why does Fedor need a ring if he already has the WAMMA belt? He doesn’t. At all. But it’s a good excuse for WAMMA to drum up publicity in itself and Affliction, since they’re one of the few organizations that actually recognizes the rankings body.
The good news for all you fans of Fedor and/or jewelry is that the ceremony is open to the public, as are the weigh-ins, which will be happening at the same time. Basically, they’re giving him the ring at the weigh-ins. “Special ceremony,” that’s just, you know, a thing you say. Like “till death do us part.”
We don’t need to remark on how pointless this is, do we? We all realize that it’s a blatant, not to mention lazy publicity stunt, and that even Fedor will only to pretend to care about this ring and he’ll probably do that very poorly, right? Good. Just checking.