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Ultimate fighter kicks the meat habit

200-macdanzig_pledge.jpgUltimate Fighter Mac Danzig has no problem beating up his fellow man in the ring, but draws the line when it comes to animals.

Danzig, who stands 5-9 and weighs 155 pounds, keeps in fabulous shape even though he is on a strict vegetarian diet. Danzig spoke to PETA about his commitment to animal rights.

I’ve always had a profound respect and interest in nature and animals. I guess it’s just in my blood. I grew up poor by American standards and was raised to eat whatever we could afford. I remember being 13 and seeing a truck on the interstate filled with pigs all headed to the slaughterhouse. One of them made eye contact with me for a while. It was one of the saddest moments I can remember. There was so much intelligence and spirit in him, and here he was, being sent to an awful death.

Danzig, who won his most recent fight April 19, says he does not need meat to compete in his sport. “When I decided to go vegan, I was able to make the 155-pound weight class much easier, and I haven’t lost an ounce of muscle,” he said. “I’m leaner than I used to be, and I have much more energy than I used to.”

The most recent high profile jock to declare his vegetarianism is Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder. While Danzig has legit six-pack abs, the 5-11, 265-pound Fielder looks like the only six-pack he is familiar with comes with a pull-tab. –Jim Buzinski