MMA fans weren't the only ones celebrating Nate Diaz's triumph over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 last weekend. A large portion of the online vegan community bombared social media in support of Diaz, who had claimed to follow a vegan diet in the past. It should be noted, however, that both Diaz brothers have been filmed and pictured eating fish and dairy products, which would mean they adhere to a pescetarian diet, not a vegan one.
Vegans do not consume any animal products - meat, fish, dairy and eggs -- and also refrain from using any cosmetics or clothing products that depend on animal exploitation. The Vegan Society's definition reads as follows, "veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."
Nick Diaz's reaction to Nate's win at UFC 196
Check out what Nick Diaz had to say about his brother's big win last night in Vegas.
Conor McGregor Should He Retire Now?— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 8, 2016
Love joe but this guy is hilarious https://t.co/pw3EoEvXCM
Joe Rogan Worst Of The UFC Meat Heads https://t.co/CnfrRwtyJr— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 8, 2016
NATE DIAZ FIGHT REACTION | Joe Rogan Gets OWNED By VEGAN UFC FIGHTER https://t.co/HkbiY5atGC— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 8, 2016
Conor McGregor Got His Ass Kicked by a Vegan https://t.co/v5xo2Bd63K— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 8, 2016
Rogan, who has been a continuous critic of the vegan lifestyle, invited the creators of popular Netlfix documentary Cowspiracy onto his podcast in January. The longtime UFC commentator was sceptical of athletic performance on a vegan diet, despite several world class athletes such as Carl Lewis, the Williams' sisters, and free-running champion Timothy Shieff excelling on the diet.
The most notable UFC fighter to embrace the vegan lifestyle is former Ultimate Fighter season 6 winner Mac Danzig. Danzig, who retired after his loss to Joe Lauzon, has been a vegan since 2006 and was featured on the Forks Over Knives documentary.
Nate Diaz submitted Conor McGregor in the 2nd round at UFC 196 and will likely catapult into title-contendership against Rafael dos Anjos or Robbie Lawler.