(‘Oh no you didn’t, Alistair. And to think I cheered for you against Cro Cop.’)
It’s not quite as bad as Lyoto Machida admitting to drinking his own urine every single morning, but Alistair Overeem seems to have some unusual dietary issues all his own. In a recent interview translated by Robert K, Overeem said he’s changed everything about his life, from his girlfriend to his coach to his diet. Now he lives mainly on “horse meat, rice, and protein shakes.” And here you thought your dog was the only one on an equine-centric diet.
Turns out that eating horse meat is popular in certain parts of the globe that are not called the United States (the Mongolians even make a horse milk wine, so there). According to the always informative Wikipedia:
“Horse meat contains 20% more protein than high quality beef cuts, 25% less fat, nearly 20% less sodium, double the iron and less cholesterol. When compared to ground beef, horsemeat has 55% more protein, 25% less fat, 30% less cholesterol and 27% less sodium.”
That sounds all right, if you can get past the fact that you’re eating a freaking horse. I guess there’s no real reason, aside from the psychological ones, that it should be any weirder than eating, say, a cow. And look what it’s done for Overeem’s physique!
Wait a minute, you thinking what I’m thinking? All that speculation about how Overeem managed to go from a tall, kind of skinny light heavyweight to a bulky beast of a heavyweight centered on the theory that he was injecting something. But maybe it’s the horses who have been injecting something. You know, in their desire to get huge, floss, and get mares. It all makes sense now. And you know those horses are always outside tanning and stuff. They really are the Phil Baroni‘s of the animal kingdom.