Two tough guys to add to your list of vegan athletes:
- Mac Danzig, lightweight MMA fighter, with a UFC record of 20 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. He's former lightweight champion for the King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge MMA organizations, Extreme Challenge Trials 2001 U.S. MMA National Champion, and winner of the The Ultimate Fighter 6. Danzig's website describes him as a "vegan, naturalist, animal lover and serious photographer."
- Keith Holmes, former WBC middleweight champion, says being vegan "helped me to eat healthy" and "helps me get my wind quicker between rounds." Holmes held the title from March 1996 to May 1998, and again from April 1999 to April 2001. Holmes's lifetime record to date: 41 wins -- 25 by knockout -- 5 losses, no draws. Holmes media kit describes him as a "devout vegan". While his most recent bout was last year -- at the age of 40 -- these days he's devoting a lot of his energy to community work in his native DC and to music, with an album coming out this year.
So for those who want to argue that vegans are a bunch of wimps and that you need to eat animal flesh to be strong, I invite you to contact these gentlemen.