Vegan UFC fighter Mac Danzig doesn’t worry about protein; hates salads
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Mac Danzig has been on every list of famous vegan athletes since winning season 6 of The Ultimate Fighter. Makes sense: who better to combat the stereotype of vegans as the 98-pound weakling in Charles Atlas ads than, well, a combat athlete. Last weekend was a good one for Danzig, as he picked up a big win via first-round knockout at UFC 124 in Montreal.
But here’s the part I really wanted to post about. Last week, Danzig did an interview with MMAJunkie Radio, and one of the last questions he took was from a fan who wanted to ask how he gets his protein. Mac gave a lengthy, thoughtful reply (short version: he doesn’t think about protein much; the protein requirement numbers you see in MMA magazines are inflated, based on the needs of bodybuilders, who are a different kind of athlete), and dropped this delightful quote about eating salads:
There’s this whole idea, “Well, you’re vegetarian or vegan, you must just eat salads all day,” or something like that. No. I hate salads. I mean, man, [eating] salad is like a cold shower on a cold day to me. It’s like, yes, you’re eating. A shower’s like, yes, you’re getting clean, but it’s not satisfying. I’ve never been a salad person. I don’t eat salads, all right?
I couldn’t agree more.
Here’s the Dec. 8 edition of MMAJunkie Radio, featuring Mac Danzig; the interview starts at 19:30, and the question about protein comes at 39:50.