Vegan MMA Fighter Tim Barnett 'Going to Be a Superstar'

Vegan Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Tim Barnett has been called out as someone “fully dedicated to the sport” and one to watch in the coming years.

The “fully-blown vegan” is “going to be a superstar” fight journalist Nick Peet told BBC. He’s predicting that Barnett will be a breakout star to watch in 2018 and in the years to come. And part of his success can be credited to his incredibly clean lifestyle.

“Barnett has a 100% win ratio in his professional career with five wins from five,” reports the BBC.

Vegan MMA Fighter Tim Barnett 'Going to Be a Superstar'

“If he’s ever on a BAMMA show near to you, I urge you to get out and see him,” says Peet.

Barnett isn’t the first vegan MMA fighter to earn praise. Nate Diaz, who won Ultimate Fighter 5, and MMA featherweight Alex Caceres are also reportedly vegan. The documentary film “From the Ground Up” looks at the myths and truths surrounding animal protein and athleticism, and features interviews with several MMA fighters including Aaron Simpson, Heather Jo Clark, Jake Shields, Alex Caceres, and Mac Danzig.

Another forthcoming film, “The Game Changers”, directed by award-winning director Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, also dives into the myths surrounding protein sources and athletic performance.


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