There’s an interesting back and forth going on right now between Russians Aleksander Emelianenko and Sergei Kharitonov. Thus far it’s only words but after yesterday’s comments I was starting to worry things might not settle down until two gangs of tracksuited mobsters duked it out in the streets of St Petersburg. Fortunately, Aleks has a more civilized way of settling this beef:
“Let’s start with Hepatitis C. I am prepared to take a test in any clinic, with any observers. If it comes out negative, Kharitonov should cut off his finger. If they find that I have the disease, I will cut off my finger, so that its clear to all who is a liar. This is my offer to Kharitonov and if he refuses then I think its already clear who the liar is.”
“You know what Sergei is missing? A jester’s hat. He says everywhere that he is special forces. In reality, he was a clerical (admin) rat in the army, who never even went into action. When he became a fighter, it was me who made up his entire ‘special forces paratrooper’ image, including his entrance songs!”
There is clearly no better way to solve a dispute than with some good old fashioned digit dicing. I’d actually love it if Kharitonov took Aleks up on this. Not because I want someone to lose their finger, but because we’d finally get some closure on Aleks’ miracle Hepatitis cure claims. Hey, either he’s telling the truth and we get to see him fight again, or he’s not and he’s down a career choice AND a finger.