Bellator 263: Georgi Karakhanyan thinks Simone Biles’ Olympic withdrawal is ‘bullshit’ (Video)

Georgi Karakhanyan didn’t mince words, calling Simone Biles’ Olympics withdrawal ‘bullshit.’

Georgi Karakhanyan is one of Bellator’s longest-tenured fighters. At 30-11-1, 1 NC, Karakhanyan has fought some of the best that the promotion has to offer. He most recently defeated Bryce Logan by a split decision in November 2020. The victory snapped a skid in which he went 1-3 in four appearances over the course of three years.

Karakhanyan will take on an emerging prospect, Kiefer Crosbie, in his first fight of 2021. Crosbie enters the Bellator 263 bout at 8-2, looking to spring the upset in Los Angeles.

Headlined by the featherweight Grand Prix tournament final between Patricio Pitbull and AJ McKee, Karakhanyan is one of two fighters to have competed against both of the men in the main event. When asked about his thoughts regarding high-profile women’s gymnast, Simone Biles, and her decision to remove herself from events at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, Karakhanyan wasn’t thrilled with her actions. And if it was him, he would have handled the situation a little differently.

“I did hear about it,” Karakhanyan said during his pre-fight media scrum. “Tim Grover, who was Michael Jordan’s coach, posted something really interesting that I kind of support his opinion about Simone Biles. I personally don’t know what happened to her but in my opinion, if you’ve won six gold medals, nothing should bother you. You should just [compete]. I don’t know why she went over [to Tokyo]. She could have given that spot to someone else, but that’s just my opinion. And a lot of people are protecting her decision, but to me, that’s bullshit. It’s like me…the sport is very stressful. You gotta f***ing deal with that, especially in the Olympics. So for her to come out and talk like that, it’s just [that] I don’t take it the right way.”

Karakhanyan has a wealth of experience inside the Bellator cage, as the bout with Crosbie will be his 14th in the promotion since 2015. A victory would give him his first two-fight winning streak since 2016, but only time will tell.

Bellator 263 takes place on July 31, 2021, live from Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Follow along with FanSided who is cageside for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Wed, 28 Jul 2021 22:39:49 +0000

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