Unfortunately, the Japanese speed eater has since seen his downfall. He had his ass handed to him multiple times by hungrier competitors. His most recent battle, however, has to be his most epic yet.
Kobayashi went head-to-head with a hamster.
The previous world-record holder faced his tiny competitor in a hot dog eating competition. The two were given franks proportional to their body sizes, and, as in a normal competition, given a set amount of time to eat as many as possible.
The hamster won.