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Joey Chestnut

I MISS KOBAYASHI

... I Hope He Comes Back

7/1/2014 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Every champion needs a rival ... even in competitive hot dog eating ... and that's why Joey Chestnut tells TMZ Sports he misses bellying up next to Kobayashi

Chestnut is in NYC gearing up for the biggest day of his year -- the Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest in Coney Island -- and "Jaws" says he's expecting nothing but sweet sweet victory. 

Let's be honest ... he'll probably win by a landslide again because he really hasn't been challenged since Kobayashi left Major League Eating and stopped competing in the July 4th spectacular. 

"I miss competing against him," Chestnut says ... "He's a great competitor."

Joey says he wishes Kobayashi would drop his beef with MLE and figure out a way to return to the big leagues ... but the guy still refuses to sign a contract. 

Joey suggests Kobayashi is just being a sore loser -- sounds like Jaws is calling him out!!! 

Hopefully, it's enough to entice the Japanese eating machine to get his ass back to Coney Island.

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8 COMMENTS

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FREEDOM    

STOP EATING MY BUNS...

53 days ago
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FREEDOM    

ALL HOT DOGS TASTE LIKE S.H.I.T.

53 days ago
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FREEDOM    

RELISH THE MOMENT...

53 days ago
4.

FREEDOM    

HE'S CRAZY FOR WEENIES...

53 days ago
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FREEDOM    

NO ONE CAN KETCH-UP...

53 days ago
6.

lourdgoogoo    

There is nothing cool about shoving massive amounts of food down your gullet. Eating contests are gross.

53 days ago
7.

Deb    

Kobayashi RULES

51 days ago
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Ramon    

Kobayashi doesnt sign the contract because it limits him to THIS event alone and 40k. He's a competitive eater, he eats for a living, yet you are going to suffocate him to ONE EVENT A YEAR? This is why MLE FAILS.

49 days ago

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