A former UFC star had a blunt message for Simone Biles in the wake of the United States gymnastics star’s decision to step away from the Summer Olympics.
Biles, arguably the greatest gymnast in American history, withdrew from the team competition at the Tokyo Games, citing mental health. The gold medalist gymnast also withdrew from several individual competitions. It remains to be seen if she’ll compete at all in Tokyo moving forward this week.
Many have taken to social media to praise Biles for her courageous decision. A former UFC star believes she’s in need of some tough love, though.
Former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo had a message for Biles.
“I believe Simone Biles pulling out of this thing is like, I think she really needs to check herself. I think there’s time for a little bit of tough love. If she was my sister, this is exactly what I would do,” said Cejudo. “So, I would never say something that I wouldn’t do to my personal family or anything like that. Or even for me, because I do believe sometimes we do need a nice kick in the arse.”
The former UFC star pushed back on the narrative that this is media-fueled, too.
“People say the media created her and you know they put upon this pressure. Not really. They only give you a platform, a limelight. It’s up to you to believe it and to accept it. If you start to think you’re the GOAT and the greatest of all time, then that’s on you,” he said.
Regardless, Biles has admitted that it would be physically dangerous for her to compete in certain events right now. She has the self-described “twisties,” which makes it very tough to complete acts in the air. Biles said it usually takes a couple of weeks to get rid of them.
Unfortunately, the Tokyo Games will likely be over by then.