Joey Chestnut teases possible rematch with former rival Kobayashi
Joey Chestnut teased a potential upcoming rematch with his longtime competitive food rival, Takeru Kobayashiduring an appearance on Sport bar stool‘ Pardon my grip podcast this week.
Chestnut, fresh off his 15th overall and seventh straight Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Championship Winacknowledged that he could soon face Kobayashi, a six-time former Nathan champion whose dominance predated Chestnut’s in competitive eating, with his Major League Eating contract and Nathan set to expire.
“The end of this year is going to be a weird year for me because my contract with Major League Eating and Nathan is going to be up, so this will be my first year in a long time that I can eat against Kobayashi, so he and I can find a way to compete,” Chestnut said via Pardon my grip.
Kobayashi dominated competitive eating in the early and mid-2000s, winning the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest six times in a row from 2001 to 2006, before being beaten by Chestnut in 2007.
Chestnut would then win the next eight contests in a row before being defeated by Matt Stonie in 2015 and winning the next seven consecutive titles from 2016-22.
Kobayashi has been absent from Nathan’s contest since 2010, initially announcing that he would not participate due to a contract dispute, which reportedly stemmed from the hot dog company’s insistence that he sign an exclusive contract. .
Hosts Dan ‘Fat cat‘ Katz and PFT Commentator joked that Chestnut could face Kobayashi at Sports’ Rough N’ Rowdy Bar Stool boxing event, but the two having to eat hot dogs between rounds.
“I think that’s it,” Chestnut said, playing along. “I think we have a plan. It’s magic.”