The Evolution of Man: James Brett “Lightning” Wilks

“The Evolution of Man” series is based around the feature article Joshua Katcher wrote for VegNews Magazine’s “The Man Issue”. In this episode Katcher interviews James “Lightning Wilks. Now an experienced advocate of high-performance athletic veganism, Wilks claims that two weeks after he stopped eating meat, he lifted more weight than ever in his life. He was chosen for Season 9 of the Ultimate Fighter – UK vs USA. This drove James to train harder than ever before. He won the TUF finale on June, 20th 2009. Visit Wilks website for more info.

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Nate Diaz’s Battlepath to the Top

Nate Diaz has become a real force of nature, and he’s working his way to being Lightweight Champ. He has been fighting every few months for the last seven years. To top it off, he’s vegan. “I switched to a total vegan diet some time ago – no meat or dairy, and I feel stronger than ever and my endurance is only getting better.” (Fuel 4 The Fighter)

According to David King of Yahoo News:

After putting on an impressive performance against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in his last fight, Diaz displayed his evolution as an MMA fighter on May 5, becoming the first man to finish Jim Miller at “UFC on Fox 3.” Nate’s takedown defense looked better than ever against Miller, stuffing a few takedown attempts, and outworking him in the clinch. He sealed the deal with his ever impressive BJJ, smoothly securing a power guillotine choke when Miller shot in lazily.

Diaz will fight the winner of the Henderson-Edgar match later on in the year.

The Pugilists, Kowtow & Under Armour Strives for Eco

• What could more soothing than a pair of comfortable, organic, fair trade, drawstring cotton shorts? New Zealand’s ‘Kowtow‘ features basics like tees, tanks and shorts in all organic and fair trade cotton.

• Under Amour is striving to go green, which is good news for athletes. They are incorporating more and more recycled materials. According to the site, “In 2011, we estimate that we will convert over 2,000,000 one liter plastic bottles into performance products.”
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• BJJ black belt and vegan David Meyer took the gold in his division at the 2012 American Cup Brazilian Jiujitsu Finals.

He was quoted on Fuel For the Fighter saying, “I began eating only foods close to the source, eliminating meat and fish from my diet in 1985, and now I eat no dairy or eggs.  I’m 49 years old and in top physical shape, still competing full force against fighters half my age.”

Take at look at the match:

  • In other MMA news, vegetarian Georgi Karakhanyan won his match in only 53 seconds! He now has 18 wins in a 21 fight career, and was quoted on Fuel for the Fighter saying “I am a devoted vegetarian and I give this a lot of credit for my strength.  The reason why I became a vegetarian is because I do not like animals being hurt. but I also believe that being a vegetarian is a healthy way to live.  As for people who say, “You can’t fight if you’re a vegetarian!” I say, I don’t need to eat meat to kick their ass!”

• Vegetarian wrestler Sushil Kumar is going to London after qualifying for the Olympics. The wrestler from Delhi is a PETA India supporter who said,”Look at me, I defeated non-vegetarians from America and Kazakhstan in the Olympics. So, you can see that vegetarians have a lot of strength”.

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:

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#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.

Mac Danzig’s $100K KO

by contributor, Pierre Grzybowski

Now that’s a battle cry. Vegan UFC fighter Mac Danzig scored a huge win Saturday night with a first-round knockout of Joe “Daddy” Stevenson—earning him an extra $100,000 for “Knockout of the Night.” As Stevenson advanced, Danzig stepped back and threw a left hook, ringing Stevenson’s bell, and toppling him face- first into the mat. Next up for veg fight fans: animal advocate Jake Shields will get his chance to strip Georges St. Pierre of the UFC welterweight title.