Okay, so it’s not as sad as when Corey Haim tried to auction off his rotted-out teeth. But whenever a fighter tries to sell a championship belt, there’s an inescapable air of desperation. So it goes with Ricco Rodriguez, the veteran fighter who briefly became the UFC’s heavyweight champ in September 2002, after a fifth-round TKO of Randy Couture — an incredible achievement that you can relive by buying his championship belt on eBay. Though Rodriguez lost his title to Tim Sylvia in his next fight, the belt would still be a prized collector’s item for any affluent UFC fan (hear that, guys who bought Octagon?) and is on the block with a starting bid of $29,999. From the ad:
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTABLE FOR THE UFC FAN!! THIS IS THE TIME TO BUY, AS THE SPORT GROWS IT WILL ONLY GO UP IN VALUE!! THIS IS THE BELT PUT ON RICCO RODRIGUEZ AFTER DEFEATING RANDY COUTURE IN UFC 39!!. HE’S SELLING IT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A SCHOOL WE ARE OPENING IN THE SOUTH.
THE WINNING BIDDER WILL ALSO BE GIVEN AN AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF THE BELT ON RICCO, AND WELL AS A PICTURE HANDING THE BELT TO THE NEW OWNER.
DON’T BE THE GUY KICKING YOURSELF 20 YEARS FROM NOW WISHING YOU BOUGHT THIS WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE. THEY DON’T COME ON THE MARKET VERY OFTEN. RICCO ISN’T EXCITED TO PART WITH IT, BUT HAS A FAMILY NOW AND IS LOOKING AT THE FUTURE. HE WANT TO TEACH PEOPLE WHAT HE’S LEARNED IN THE OCTAGON , RING, AND MATS, AND NEEDS AS MUCH CAPITAL AS POSSIBLE TO GET IT DONE RIGHT. AND HE WOULD RATHER JUST WIN ANOTHER DOWN THE ROAD!!
Well sure, we’d all love to “win another down the road,” but lightning only strikes once for some people, and Ricco is probably one of them. Surely there are other things he can do to raise 30 grand besides sell off the physical representation of his greatest accomplishment. It would break my heart if nobody bid on the belt — there are no bids yet, with five days left in the auction — and then Ricco was forced to reduce his starting bid to $25,000, then $20,000, and then eventually this is happening.
Still, if each of you wanted to send me $10, I could buy the belt, take a picture of myself wearing it, and then post that picture on CagePotato.com — that way, the belt could belong to all of us.
(Props: MMA Fever)