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|
|Year||Winner||Hot Dogs Consumed|
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.
"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.