Weekend Combat

photo: India Times

India’s Olympic wrestling sensation, Beijing bronze medallist Sushil Kumar, who wore the flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies in London has his match this Sunday. Kumar has been a vegetarian since birth. Like Kumar, MMA fighter Jake shields also is a life-long vegetarian and has recently gone vegan. He fights this weekend at UFC 150 against Ed Herman. Shields has bulked up to 185 and will be throwing down with his grappling, jiu itsu and striking skills.


Fight Night, Tomorrow!

In a recent article in the Telegraph, UFC fighter and potential world-champion Jake Shileds said, “…people told me over and over ‘you had better start eating meat if you want to be an athlete’. Maybe I’m proving them  all wrong.”

Saturday April 30th, the lean and green Jake Shields will take on Tornonto’s Georges St-Pierre for an opportunity to become the world’s first vegetarian to hold the world UFC title belt. The fact that Shields has made it this far, and that he is unbeaten in more than six years with a 15-0 record in that time makes me proud! Back in 2008 I interviewed Shields, check it out to see how far he’s come! The only question is, who’s having the fight-night party?


Jake Shields lets out a long laugh when asked if he can strike a blow by becoming the first vegetarian to hold a UFC world title belt (at least we both think he would be the first). Shields, up close and personal, is a engaging character, modest and self-contained. He will need all those qualities, and more, when he steps in against Georges St-Pierre, a Canadian sporting superstar, here in Toronto at the Rogers Center, with the largest crowd ever seen at a UFC event. The arena will house 55,000 fans on the night. – The Telegraph

Here is a list of networks and websites on which to watch the fight.
Here is a list of sports bars across the country screening the fight (maybe they’ll serve vegan buffalo wings in honor of Jake?)

Viscous Vegetarians & Championship Fights

The UFC homepage had this image up yesterday! How cool is that? Vegan and vegetarian men are kicking serious ass, and on April 30th, Jake Shields will be fighting for the welterweight championship! Who is hosting a party in NYC to watch?

Veg is the Rage in MMA & Whitewashing Milk

• Two articles in Yahoo Sports today outline at length, the growing trend of MMA athletes and fighters transitioning to and adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet for various reasons – and their positive results are measurable. In one, author Dave Meltzer focuses on the various reasons some fighters go or have gone veg (the full article HERE), and in the second, Meltzer focuses on Mac Dazig and Jon Fitch’s meal plan before his big fight (full article).

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• A new book, “Whitewash” by Joseph Keon, takes on “The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health”. Here is the official description:

Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health…In Whitewash, nutritionist Dr. Joseph Keon unveils how North Americans unwittingly sabotage their health every day by drinking milk, and he shows that our obsession with calcium is unwarranted.
Citing scientific literature, Whitewash builds an unassailable case that not only is milk unnecessary for human health, its inclusion in the diet may increase the risk of serious diseases including:

  • Prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular disease
  • Crohn’s disease

Three of Top-Ten Welterweights are Veg

https://i2.wp.com/www.cdn.sherdog.com/_images/fighter/20091214040826_jonfitch.JPG?resize=160%2C240Of the top ten ranked Mixed Martial Arts welterweights, there is a vegetarian, a near vegan, and someone who is trying out veganism. Number nine ranked Nick Diaz recently stated on recent conference call: “I try to eat a raw, vegan dietI’ve been doing that since I was 16, 17 years old so I’m pretty used to it. It helps me not feel like shit when I’m training all day long.” (source*)

In the next couple of months, a vegan or near vegan will be headlining a night of fights for Strikeforce, and a lifelong vegetarian (Jake) will be headlining a night of fights for UFC.

From the Sherdog website:

#2. Jon Fitch (23-3, 1 NC)
After besting Thiago Alves for a second time, Fitch was hopeful he would get another crack at the UFC welterweight crown. That opportunity will be going to Jake Shields. Instead of another title shot, Fitch draws former two-division champion B.J. Penn at UFC 127 on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia.

https://i0.wp.com/insidefights.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/nick-diaz.jpg?w=840#4. Jake Shields (26-4-1)
In light of Georges St. Pierre’s domination of Josh Koscheck at UFC 124, Shields now knows exactly what daunting task lay in front of him in his effort to win the UFC welterweight title. The major questions are simply when the fight will take place and whether it will land at UFC 129 in Toronto come April 30.

#9. Nick Diaz (23-7, 1 ND)
Strikeforce remains hopeful that Diaz will be in action at its Jan. 29 event in San Jose, Calif. In the meantime, the public war of words between Diaz and rival Jason Miller continues to rage, as the two try to negotiate a potential catchweight bout via the media.

Thanks to contributor Pierre Grzybowski & Jon Camp for the tip.