Competitive Eating category

MMA heavyweight Frank Mir attempted the Octuple Bypass Burger challenge at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. (video)
"UK Chilli Queen" Shahina Waseem appeared on the podcast of former WWE wrestler Ryback. (youtube) (Apple)
Krystal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The chain known for its sliders held the Krystal Square Off burger eating contest from 2004 to 2009. The $50,000 awarded by the 2009 Krystal Square Off is probably the largest cash purse for an American eating contest. The company will look to continue operations after reorganizing, which it was able to do following a 1997 bankruptcy filing. (via Stephanie Wu)
Geoff Esper posted a video of his attempt to eat 100 standard sized IHOP pancakes. The chain is currently offering an AYCE pancake special.
The January 27 episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star will have an emergency at a steak eating contest. The original 9-1-1 set in Los Angeles had a crisis at an insect eating contest on its October 22, 2018 show. This is not the first steak eating contest incident on a Fox program. The March 28, 1999 episode of the Simpsons (Maximum Homerdrive) had a fatality after a steak challenge went wrong.
"Jimmie Chestbump", author of a children's competitive eating book published last year, posted pictures of his competitive eating trading cards.
Joey Chestnut, Adrian Morgan and Mike Golic Jr. faced off in a beignet eating contest in New Orleans MCed by Katie Nolan of ESPN to promote tonight's college football championship game.

“King of Gluttony” 2020 video

Youtube currently has the full program of TV Tokyo’s “King of Gluttony” program in which Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato, Hatsuyo Sugawara and others competed. (I will not post any spoilers until later today). Update Results of the final round are in the comments. Takeru Kobayashi and Nobuyuki Shirota appear as commentators, but do not compete.

update Jan 16 Miki Sudo has posted some Instagram galleries: Part 1 | Part 2

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Bob Shoudt has uploaded a video of his attempt to eat 100 Krystal sliders. The burgers were eaten "picnic style" (no dunking or smashing). In the 6 year history of the Krystal Square Off, the only person to hit a triple digit total was Joey Chestnut (103) in 2007.
Mic Flare has stared a youtube channel. His first video is about competitive eating after his colon was removed.
Miki Sudo has uploaded a video of her attempt at the Gyro challenge at South Side Six in Bowling Green, OH, which pays $666 if finished. The six gyros had a total weight of 16.5 pounds.
Leah Shutkever surpassed 100,000 subscribers to her youtube channel today, making her the first European female competitive eater to hit that benchmark.
Business Insider has a video about last month's St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship in Indianapolis.
Mashed has a video titled "The Damaging Effects Food Challenges Have On Your Body" which includes footage of the Nathan's Finals and Michelle Lesco's Guinness record attempts. The video cites research by Brian Wansink of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that was found to be fraudulent.

Possible 2020 MLE top 50 changes

Here are possible new entrants for the MLE top 50 when it is updated (last update was June 25)

Possible removals from the top 50

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2019 MLE head to head results

Here are the head to head results for 2019 MLE contests for people with two or more contest results in the database:

1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 95.6% 153-7
2 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 94.7% 142-8
3 Darron Breeden (D Br) 84.3% 113-21
4 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee (J Le) 82.1% 11-2-1
5 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 75.8% 47-15
6 Max Suzuki (M Su) 74.2% 23-8
7 Miki Sudo (M Su) 71.8% 84-33
8 Nick Wehry (N We) 71.6% 94-37-1
9 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond (S Ha) 71.4% 15-6
10 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 67.9% 74-34-4

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Darron Breeden recorded a cover of "Born to Love You" on electric guitar as the background music for a video of his 2019 competitive eating highlights.
Diana Prince faces off against Barry Allen and Doris Zeul in a pie eating contest in an episode of DC Super Hero Girls available on Cartoon Network UK's youtube channel. (Pie eating contest episode starts at 2:20).
Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Takeru Kobayashi appear in a promo video for "King of Gluttony" that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Kobayashi is not shown eating, so he may not be a competitor. Screen captures:
Leah Shutkever faced off against Eddie Hall in a 4 pound wing challenge, her second video with the British strongman competitor.
Michelle Lesco eating 2.448 kg (86.35 oz) of mayonnaise in 3 minutes made Guinness World Records 2019 Records Round-up.
Matt Stonie produced a thank you video for surpassing 10 million subscribers to his youtube channel.
TheThings.com has curated a gallery of 19 pictures of Joey Chestnut eating Nathan's hot dogs.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski has uploaded a video titled "From Engineering to Competitive Eating" that was originally produced for GameTV's How The Game Is Played
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