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.”

• 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”.

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?)

Three of Top-Ten Welterweights are Veg 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. 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.

Animal Advocate Jake Shields Signs with Ultimate Fighting Championship

By Pierre Grzybowski

In his November 2008 interview with the Discerning Brute, life-long vegetarian and professional fighter Jake Shields was asked to complete the sentence: “In a perfect world…”

His answer: “…I’ll be the UFC Champion next year.”

Well, he’s a little behind schedule, but it looks like he will finally get his chance. is reporting that Jake Shields has signed to fight in the UFC welterweight division, where he will make his debut October 23 at UFC 121. Ultimately, Shields will face reigning champ Georges St-Pierre to decide the best 170-pounder in the world.

While waiting for his October 23 UFC debut, read up on everything Shields has done for animals while not busy winning 14 consecutive fights over the last 5 years.

Pierre Grzybowski is the manager of the fur-free campaign for The Humane Society of the United States.  He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.