The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) announced Wednesday that is has scheduled an official ring presentation ceremony involving current WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko for Friday, January 23.
The public will be able to see Fedor receive his championship ring at Honda Center in Anaheim, California at 3 p.m. PT during weigh-ins for Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” event.
Emelianenko became the first-ever holder of the WAMMA heavyweight championship after submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia during Affliction’s first-ever event last July.
In addition to the WAMMA championship belt, a WAMMA championship ring was also commissioned by WAMMA from Tiffany’s. The ring was custom designed in the same manner in which the famed jewelry company produces championship rings for the NFL’s Super Bowl champions.
“We couldn’t be more proud of having Fedor Emelianenko represent WAMMA as its first-ever heavyweight champion,” said WAMMA Chief Operating Officer Michael Lynch. “Fedor is not only a world class fighter, but he is a world class person. He has always carried himself as a professional and comes from an old school mentality in that he prefers to let his actions speak louder than words.”
Fedor’s opportunity to bask in the glow of the ring ceremony could be short-lived, as the next day (Jan. 24) he is set to defend his WAMMA heavyweight title at “Day of Reckoning” vs. Andrei Arvloski, a former UFC heavyweight champion.
“Arlovski could very well be the toughest test of Fedor’s career,” Lynch began, “With an undercard shown live on HDNet and a stacked main event on PPV, Fedor’s WAMMA Championship defense will be the highlight of a superb night of fights during Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” on January 24th.”
Also scheduled for Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” is a heavyweight clash between Josh Barnett and Gilbert Yvel. Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio has already gone on record to proclaim that the winner of Barnett vs. Yvel will face the Fedor/Arlovski winner.
But the day prior to the heavyweight fireworks, WAMMA cordially invites everyone to attend the championship ring presentation ceremony for WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, January 23 at 3 p.m. PT.