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?
• 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).
• A new book, “Whitewash” by Joseph Keon, takes on “The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health”. Here is the official description:
…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:
Jon Fitch was recently ranked the #2 welterweight MMA fighter. He gets a lot of questions about what he eats to stay so lean, strong, and healthy – so he made the video below to share his nutrition tips with you. Why don’t you tweet Jon @FitchFighter and let him know what your favorite, vegan power-packed snack is.
Thanks to contributor, Pierre Grzybowski, for the tip.
Of 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 diet… I’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.
. #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.
#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.