Eight years ago. 2004. Mac Danzig remembers grabbing some chicken breasts from the freezer, cooking them up and chowing them down. It was a milestone moment, signifying the last time the conscientious consumer would taste any meat or fish.
The animal rights advocate had already stopped eating dairy products; he was now full-fledged vegan.
No big deal, except Danzigs diet made him a glaring anomaly in the MMA and society in general, where carnivores are widely presumed to have a huge edge in the all-important strength department. So for years the Cleveland-born, California-based fighter shouldered plenty of criticism and battled misperceptions about his eating habits. But Danzig, winner of season six of The Ultimate Fighter and single father to a three-year-old daughter, has noticed a gradual shift in attitudes over the past few years as the fight game evolved and ever more attention is paid to the cleanest diet possible.
Weeks before his UFC 145 showdown with fellow lightweight Efrain Escudero, 32-year-old Danzig opened up about his food philosophies and recently being featured in the acclaimed Forks Over Knives documentary that is related to a book of the same name that climbed to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Once, the fight world virtually scoffed at Danzigs fringe diet. More and more, however, he is looking like a pioneer who was ahead of the times.
It's good people like him are making waves, the myth that all vegans are scrawny and weak still needs to be beaten down in a lot of places
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Thanks for sharing. I love Mac Danzig. Unfortunately some omnis will pick on the fact that he's had limited success in the UFC, ignoring the fact that he's still more successful than the vast majority of mixed martial artists in the world. I wish him luck on the 21st.