Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015: Matt Stonie's Final Stats and Prize Money

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2015

Matt Stonie poses for photographs after winning Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men's competition, Saturday July 4, 2015 in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Tina Fineberg/Associated Press

When we talk about dominant athletes in sports, it's fairly easy to figure out the names that will come up first. There's LeBron James and Steph Curry in the NBA, Tom Brady putting year after brilliant year together in the NFL and Serena Williams crushing the competition in women's tennis.

Then there's Joey Chestnut, No. 1 in the Major League Eating rankings and winner of eight straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests. He's a dominant figure in his chosen field no doubt, his name synonymous with the ultimate Fourth of July chowdown on Coney Island. His Nathan's streak would be at nine straight, however, if it weren't for the championship appetite of another hot dog eater.

Chestnut—as phenomenal as he is in eating competitions—had to take a back seat to one Matt Stonie, who scarfed down 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes Saturday to win the 2015 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut came in a close second with 60 dogs consumed, but it wasn't enough for him to continue his reign over this famous eating competition.

According to Major League Eating's official website, the prize money for the event totaled $40,000. The hardware might be even more important than the prize money, as Stonie tweeted out a look at the belt that is now rightfully his after a brilliant display of gastronomic gamesmanship:

Matt Stonie @MattStonie

Today I claimed a belt that hasn't changed hands in 8 years. 62 Hot Dogs in ten minutes. #Happy4thJuly http://t.co/0Ao0cXh60R

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Here's a look at the final stats from the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, per Major League Eating's Twitter account:

Major League Eating @eatingcontest

Your full @originalnathans Coney results 1 Stonie 62 2 Chestnut 60 3 X 35.5 4 Denmark 33 5 Morgan 31 6 Salem 30 7 Esper 29.5 8 Rodriguez 28

If you want to dig a bit deeper into the day's numbers, ESPN's Darren Rovell provided a look at the nutritional value of Stonie's epic Independence Day meal:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

New hot dog champ @MattStonie ate 62 hot dogs in 10 mins. Nutritional info: 17,360 calories, 1,116 g of fat, 48,360 mg of sodium.

For Chestnut and Stonie, the results are a reversal of last year's hot dog eating contest. Chestnut took home the top prize in 2014 with 61 hot dogs finished, while Stonie fell just short at 56, per SB Nation's James Dator. Chestnut put in an almost identical performance, but Stonie's amazing improvement year over year proved to be too much for the longtime defending champion.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Chestnut might've seen Stonie's shocking win coming for some time:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Matt Stonie, #2-Ranked Eater in the World • Placed 2nd last year • Defeated Joey Chestnut 6 times in head-to-head competition in 2014

After the stunning loss, Chestnut was undeterred and even seemed welcoming of the newfound competition.

"I've been looking for competition for a long time and I finally have it," he said, per ESPN.com. "He made me hungry."

According to ESPN.com, Chestnut still has the record of 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Competitive eating is a fringe sport and a rather bizarre pursuit by any reasonable measure, but for the people involved, a Stonie-Chestnut rivalry could be great fun for the sport. Certainly, the changing of the guard will result in extra attention paid to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2015.

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