Yay! Another victory for the vegans. Nate Diaz, a relatively unknown UFC fighter who jumped in to replace injured Rafael Anjos, took the world of UFC by surprise as he made McGregor submit to a defeat after pinning him on the ground.
This is a great win for the vegans not because it’s against someone who ranks third in the world but because it’s against someone who has been extremely prejudiced against the vegans. McGregor’s coach is known for his hate for the vegan fighters. He has gone on record to say that he wouldn’t ever work with a vegan fighter. Now a vegan fighter beating his fighter is a big win and there is every reason that vegans should celebrate it.
McGregor had been in training for months leading up to this fight as he was originally going to fight Rafael dos Anjos who withdrew at short notice with a foot injury. Diaz stepped in to replace dos Anjos with only 12 days notice and without the months of proper training usual before a fight of this magnitude – McGregor is ranked third in world of the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, behind light heavyweight Jon Jones and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, and was previously undefeated in UFC.
McGregor was caught by a powerful left hand in the second round which stunned the UFC featherweight champion – fighting for the first time at welterweight 25lbs heavier – and Diaz simply took his opportunity and poured on the pressure.
Diaz took McGregor to the ground and the fight was his. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt finished the fight quickly after McGregor was forced to submit.
McGregor went into the bout as the overwhelming favourite and was looking to claim his 20th win in MMA and his eighth-consecutive victory in UFC. But instead suffered his first UFC defeat and only the third of his career.
Ido Portal, one of Conor McGregor’s coaches leading up to the fight once famously stated: “I can’t view vegan diets as something healthy. I’ve never met a vegan who was able to perform with the same energy levels as I see with someone with a more carnivore diet. I actually refuse to work with vegans”.
One can only assume Ido Portal is now eating some humble (vegan) pie.
Nate has been eating this way for almost a decade and his diet allows him to train exceptionally hard. Diaz’s cardio is among the best in the UFC and he runs or bikes twice a day on top of wrestling, boxing and martial arts training.
The idea of meat, often filled with hormones, pesticides, and other harmful toxins, decomposing in their bodies, isn’t something that appeals.
And according to the American Dietetic Association, a vegan lifestyle brings many benefits, including guarding against these illnesses:
- Heart disease
- Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
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