Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2016: Joey Chestnut's Final Stats, Prize Money

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2016

Joey Chestnut alza el puño al ganar el concurso anual de comer hot dogs por octava vez consecutiva en Coney Island, Nueva York, viernes 4 de julio de 2014. Chestnut comió 61 salchichas con pan en 10 minutos, en tanto la campeona femenina Milki Sudo comió 34 hot dogs en el mismo lapso. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
John Minchillo/Associated Press

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut was not going to sit by for a second year and watch someone else claim the Mustard Yellow International Belt. 

After a surprise loss in 2015 to Matt Stonie, Chestnut came back with a vengeance in 2016 at the 100th Anniversary of Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest and broke his own record, eating 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

Chestnut's previous record was 69 hot dogs and buns in 2013. 

It's also a new record for the contest in Coney Island, per the Associated Press, via ESPN.

Chestnut had won the title for eight consecutive years before Stonie pilfered it last year. The winning stats for the last 10 years are below:

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Winners
YearWinnerHot Dogs Consumed
2016Joey Chestnut70
2015Matt Stonie62
2014Joey Chestnut61
2013Joey Chestnut69
2012Joey Chestnut68
2011Joey Chestnut62
2010Joey Chestnut54
2009Joey Chestnut68
2008Joey Chestnut59
2007Joey Chestnut66
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However, this year Stonie was no match for the determined Chestnut.

The reigning champion consumed just 53 hot dogs and buns before handing the title back over to Chestnut. 

ESPN's Darren Rovell broke down the nutrients...or lack thereof...Chestnut took in during his redemptive performance:

Per MLE, the total prize purse for the event was $40,000. Chestnut's prize for taking first place was $10,000.

But it appeared to be the sting of having his title taken from him last year, not the prize money, that motivated Chestnut to consume a record 70 hot dogs and buns on Monday. 

Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

"As I was leaving last year, everybody was like, 'Oh, it's going to make next year better,' and everyone was right," Chestnut said to Major League Eating Commissioner George Shea after his win, via Lauren DelValle of CNN.com. "This year is the best year ever."

Chestnut also confirmed that he will return in 2017 to defend his newly regained title. 

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