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World-renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) master and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Renzo Gracie shares some of his recent culinary dishes, which include man's best friend and a shark marinated in ancient urine. Bon appetit!
"I’m a guy that, thanks to my genetics, I can eat anything and I’ll feel great the next day. I’m different. I have resistance and I don’t get sick and I’m very thankful for that. I promised myself that I would try any food given the chance so I’ve eaten the weirdest foods you can imagine. I ate dog in China, I ate rattlesnake in Brazil, I’ve eaten scorpion, I ate alligator, I ate crocodile, ostrich … Man, all of them taste good! Why do the Chinese eat everything – because they fry everything! I just realized that if you deep fry ME, I will taste good! That’s the reality. I went to Iceland and that’s where I met Gunnar Nelson. They took me to eat a shark that had been dead and buried for six months. This is how the ancient people of Iceland used to eat shark. The shark dies, they dig a hole and put the whole shark in there and then a whole tribe urinates on the shark to preserve it. Funny thing is, the meat of the shark becomes like a cream cheese. The taste is not bad … but the smell! For that reason when they bury the shark they must do it far away from town. The smell was unforgettable. I wouldn’t eat it again. I can still smell it."
Man vs. food! World-renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) master and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran
Hannibal Lecter Renzo Gracie shares some of his recent culinary dishes with his employers at UFC.com, including fried dog and shark meat marinated in urine. And to think I've been getting heat from my friends for eating plain Greek yogurt. Most soft Americans like myself have a hard time overcoming the ick factor surrounding International cuisine, but even this seems a bit extreme. How about it, fight fans, what's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten and why?