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Jake Shields Fights for the Little Guys

Written by PETA | April 21, 2009


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Jake Shields

As a lifelong vegetarian, Jake Shields is no stranger to sticking up for the little guys. Maybe that’s why the XC welterweight champion agreed to appear in a recent episode of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, a show that puts teenage bullies in the ring with professional fighters to give them a taste of how miserable it feels to be the underdog.

In an interview with our friends at The Discerning Brute, Jake said, “Well I’m a life-long vegetarian and the diet obviously works. I also have two brothers that are strong and healthy. But you do have to have a good balanced diet and eat healthy foods. There’s plenty of ways to get protein other than eating meat.”

Awesome athletes like Jake and his fellow fighter Mac Danzig are evidence that not only is a vegetarian diet a possible diet for athletes, it might even be the best diet.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Rachel says:

    I have even more respect for Jake Sheilds now & all other people who are vegetarians/ vegans like me. Him displaying his compassion with pride is so inspiring.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Rugged and intimidating tough guys like Jake Shields and Matt Danzing are great for the animal rights movement. Both are also very articulate and cerebral.