Watch UFC Brothers Nate and Nick Diaz Tell Anthony Bourdain Why They Eat Vegan To Stay In Fighting Shape

Apparently, you don't need to eat meat to be a total animal.
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Apparently, you don't need to eat meat to be a total animal.

Badass UFC brothers Nate and Nick Diaz may seem like meat-loving monsters, but while dining with Anthony Bourdain on the Season 9 premiere of CNN's Parts Unknown, the Diazes touted strict vegan diets as their secret weapon to MMA success.

"I was vegan for years... and I've been a vegetarian since I was 18 years old," Nick told Bourdain. "I just did better cutting weight when I was on a vegetarian diet." 

"I ended up nice and light, and then I'd get stronger. Once [Nate] started fighting pro, he started doing the same type of thing." 

It's a far cry from the meals of mac 'n cheese, hot dogs and "ghetto juice" the two ate while growing up on the gritty streets of Stockton, California. 

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When Bourdain asked Nate about his go-to L.A. restaurant, the jiu jitsu black belt revealed his love for the vegetarian cuisine at Venice Beach's Cafe Gratitude. But Bourdain's favorite spot in the southern California city wasn't quite as hippie dippie.

"I get off the plane, and I go right to In-N-Out Burger, and the last thing I do while I'm in town is I stop at an In-N-Out Burger," Bourdain said. "That stuff is like crack for me, I've gotta have it." Yep, that sounds about right.

Of course, the impressively omniverous Bourdain visited a slew of L.A. eateries on his L.A. tour, from street taco stands to awesomely divey cantinas.

Here are some of the best joints featured on the Season 9 premiere, as rounded up by Uproxx. Prepare to salivate: