I was compelled to go meatless after seeing an exposé about the systematic cruelty of factory farming. Horrified, I watched pigs and cows beaten, blinded, prodded, and burned. I immediately felt disgust toward what I had witnessed, and I was both humbled and ashamed, realizing that I was a mediator of this brutality.
“In 2004, I got to the point where I was sick of eating chicken. It started grossing me out for some reason. I was about a month out from a fight and I decided I was going to cut out all meat. I was working with a trainer who was vegan and he helped me make the switch. I won that fight and went on a 12-fight winning streak. And [not eating meat] made it really easy to cut weight for that fight.”