This has nothing to do with the rumors his jaw muscles were steroid-enhanced:

Takeru Kobayashi, the former owner of the of the coveted Mustard Belt from 2001-2206, held by the winner of the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest (which takes place every July 4th on Coney Island), has decided to end his career. Apparently this is due to an agreement, or lack-there-of, between Kobayashi and the Major League Eating (MLE). It seems they want exclusive rights on when and where their eaters compete and Takeru is not kosher with that.


I’ve watched him compete every year at Coney Island and I love rooting for him. Recently he’s been loosing to the current champ, and American, Joey Chestnut. Joey has won the last 3 years and holds the current record of 68 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. Another MLE member, Bob Shoudt, speculated that Kobayashi left the competition in fear of coming in third place for the first time, behind himself in first and Chestnut in second.

Among the records Mr. Kobayashi holds: Cow Brains: 57 (17.7 pounds) in 15 minutes, which suggests he was infected with bovinus zombius at some point in his life. Here’s the best part of the story: this may be the first time real life and an Onion headline were absolutely indistinguishable.

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