Joey Chestnut retakes title with record 70

update Jul 8 The Guardian has a gallery

The Daily News has an article about the attack. Three protestors, who disguised themselves as fans, were taken in to police custody after taking the stage.

Protesters also apparently tried to jump Crazy Legs Conti near the start of the contest which required police intervention. This is probably the reason for the one hot dog performance.

Dan Katz reports that protesters from PETA knocked over his plates and threw fake blood on him.

The top 8 | 9-16
1 Joey Chestnut 70
2 Matt Stonie 53, 9 less than 2015
3 Carmen Cincotti 42
4 Gideon Oji 38
5 Geoff Esper 37.5
6 Adrian Morgan 36
7T Yasir Salem 31
7T Erik Denmark 31
9 Rich LeFevre 29
10 Marcos Owens 28
11 Juan Rodriguez 27
12 Eric “Badlands” Booker 25
13 Brian Dudzinski 24
14 Steven Schuster 16
15 Dan “Big Cat” Katz 12
16 Crazy Legs Conti 1 (protest performance?)

Joey Chestnut has regained the title with a finals record 70 hot dogs

This will be a big hour for Bay Area sports. Kevin Durant has decided to join the Golden State Warriors and San Joseans Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie should finish top 2 barring a shocking upset.

Comments (34)


  1. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    Joey mentioned stonie has to qualify now, why would stonie have to qualify if he’s a former champ when joey didn’t have to this year?

  2. Impressed said

    July 4, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    Joey. Wow! His intensity was amazing to watch. Massive respect for his dedication and competitive drive. He keeps the contest from getting stale. Without him, Nathan’s and MLE would be begging for Kobi to come back. He didn’t have to do 70 and that makes it all the more impressive that he went after that number. Coney is a huge part of his life and I’m glad he won today.

  3. For The Win said

    July 4, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    As aired on ESPN

  4. L-2 said

    July 4, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

    Serves Katz right for getting the sponsor’s exemption.

  5. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    Chestnut was on fire and way ahead by minute one. Impressive Joey.

    What the hell was Crazy legs protest about? What an ass!

  6. News said

    July 4, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

    How many animals were spared by Conti eating only one?

  7. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

    He protest seiken dismissal from rankings. Great guy

  8. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

    If Seiken got a bye they would have protested by throwing mouthwash an deodorant on him.

  9. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    July 4, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    Carmen Cincotti’s 42 was the best finals debut since Kobayashi’s 50 in 2001 and the all time best for a 10 minute qualifier

    2001 Jul 4 1st 50 12 min Takeru Kobayashi
    2016 Jul 4 3rd 42 10 min Carmen Cincotti
    2004 Jul 4 2nd 38 12 min Nobuyuki “The Giant” Shirota
    2006 Jul 4 4th 34.25 12 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
    2014 Jul 4 4th 34 10 min Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski
    2011 Jul 4 5th 34 10 min Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
    2014 Jul 4 1st 34 10 min Miki Sudo
    2006 Jul 4 6th 33 12 min Chip “The Phenom” Simpson
    2005 Jul 4 3rd 32 12 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
    2013 Jul 4 6th 31 10 min Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler
    2011 Jul 4 8th 31 10 min Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
    2006 Jul 4 7th 30 12 min Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt
  10. I'm a Name said

    July 4, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

    Joey Chestnut was mentioned on twitter

  11. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

    This would be an easy target for ISIS. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen.

  12. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

    5:17 everything’s an easy target for Isis, don’t let them install terror into your mind because when that happens their job is successful

  13. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    5:45, I’d rather be vigilant and alive than having “He died with pride” on my tombstone.

  14. Kabana, Bob said

    July 4, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    If the press media gives such glowing press coveraging to protestors, I can see why they do it.

  15. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 6:26 pm

    5:53 than enjoy staying inside on your couch

  16. Give Credit said

    July 4, 2016 @ 7:07 pm

    My hat goes off to CLC. He thwarted the attempt of the protestors to go toward the center of the table, giving up all chance for him finishing high enough for any money whatsoever. He put others before himself. That’s admirable. I think it’s a real shame that others fail to the simple truth.

  17. Duh said

    July 4, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

    6:26: Don’t get stuck on stupid.

  18. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

    I stand corrected and apologize for calling Crazy legs an ass. Just saw video. Good for him for going straight at those jerkoff Peta pieces of shit. Guess his area was tainted with red shit from the protesters and that is why he did not continue. Way to go security.

  19. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    You stand corrected .? I think he did it more for attention than anything else.

  20. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

    They got what they deserve I for one am glad the vegans stormed the stage. Not one of you sorry asses protested the fact that Seiken was dumped from the rankings. It took two retired eaters to come to his defense while the rest of you only care about eating hot dogs . You could have said something to those greedy sheas but no stuffing your face is more of a priority

  21. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

    I would have loved it if the vegans knocked that dopey looking straw hat off Sheas head as he was about to say “Ladies and Gentleman” then yank the mic from his hand and sing Dr Dolittle “If i can talk to the animals”

  22. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

    Conti should have ate 11 in protest of Seiken

  23. anonymous said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

    Seiken was dumped from the rankings because of poor performance, inactivity and making ultimatums for which he should have kept his big mouth shut. I for one am glad he’s out. He made his bed bug infected bed, now time to lay in it.

  24. LowLah said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    Stonie is still #1 ranked on MLE page. Expect this to change soon.

  25. CEFAN said

    July 4, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

    Anyone else think that Carmen cincotti will be able to out do stonie and chestnut in a year or two? Dudes got skill can’t wait to see where he goes.

  26. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2016 @ 12:09 am

    Chestnut #1, Stonie #2, cincotti #3, sudo #4, oji #5, esper #6, Morgan #7, Thomas #8.

  27. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2016 @ 1:44 am

    Chestnut seems to have been doing very well. It’s nice to see him do so well and his confidence during some of the interviews created some entertaining moments. It is a shame Stonie did not have one of his better days but his performance was still great. Props to Cincotti for putting up that big # again, and Oji has a nice progression going on. He really confused me with that Denmark entrance. Hahaha.

  28. anonymous said

    July 5, 2016 @ 8:44 am

    Most comp eaters when starting out have social lives and girlfriends with the hope of one day getting married and starting a family but as time wears on some not all become immersed and obsessed with it. They grow grizzly adams beards like Chestnut and Conti and cease all communication with the the opposite sex because their past or current girlfriends cannot deal with it

  29. anonymous said

    July 5, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    Goldshit must be so jealous that Seiken made mucho money working on July 4th and prior to that he played a $100 buy in tournament at Borgata final tabled for 5th and collected an additional $267 ha ha ha ha ha ha Go eat some criff dogs if you can find them in the store

  30. The Truth said

    July 5, 2016 @ 11:32 am

    Cocky Stonie got it handed to him! Haha

  31. anonymous said

    July 5, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    Crif dogs suck. I love that Nathan’s crap.

  32. anonymous said

    July 6, 2016 @ 12:44 am

    Joey Chestnut is starting to resemble the late James Gandolfini especially now that he grew a beard

  33. anonymous said

    July 8, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    Just watched replay of Nathans . What happened to Rich Shea? He resembles a bloated blimp and Marcos the Monster i thought he was doing 8-10 miles on the treadmill. Looks more like 8-10 with a few dozen dunkin doughnuts

  34. Culturally yoghurt said

    July 31, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    Sports Scientists put “hot dog eating” as #5 in their cultural pentathlon event.

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