Multiple Physique Olympia champ Jeremy Buendia and former Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson recently clashed on social media about the longevity of bodybuilding.
Buendia claimed on Instagram that Men’s Open Bodybuilding was dying and that divisions such as Men’s Physique and Bikini saved it. Jackson fired back: “When you talk recklessly without knowing what you are talking about then I need to say something. Bodybuilding ain’t dead and bodybuilding ain’t going nowhere. We are always going to be the meat and the bread and the rice of the industry!”
Jackson, who made his Pro debut at the Arnold Classic in 1999, has won more professional bodybuilding titles than any other person. He came 2nd in the 2018 Arnold Classic in Ohio and 3rd at the 2018 Arnold Classic Australia.
Buendia has been competing with the IFBB since 2013 and was the winner of the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Mr. Olympia Men’s Physique competitions.
Former IFBB Pro bodybuilder Shawn Ray also weighed in on the debate saying that there would not have been a Men’s Physique without Men’s Bodybuilding.
After a heavy backlash on social media, Buendia explained that it was never his intention to disrespect any athlete in any division.
“The sport has evolved, social media is king and the growth is due to the new mainstream audience. I stand by my division and the new divisions and I respect the Open division.” He further stated that taking his comment as an insult “is being narrow-minded.”