Jay Cutler thinks Derek Lunsford could make the top three at Olympia.
There has been a lot of discussion about Derek Lunsford move to the Men’s Open after appearing as a guest at the 2022 Pittsburgh Pro. While nothing is set in stone, the idea remains on the minds of many around bodybuilding. Recently, cutler jay weighed in on the matter and thinks the 212 champ could thrive in Open Bodybuilding.
Cutler may be done on stage, but he remains extremely active in the gym and in the sport of bodybuilding. In a recent interview on Muscle and Fitness’ YoutubeCutler spoke about his impression of Lunsford in Pittsburgh.
“This [Derek] The Lunsford guy is the real deal. If you asked me who impressed me the most, it’s definitely Lunsford because I’ve never seen that before. I’ve never seen him pose like that. I saw him at the gym that day. He’s got the width, but he’s also got that separation, and he’s young enough that I think he’s very dangerous.
Jay Cutler and Chris Cormier continued to chat about the Olympia competition. After back-to-back titles, Big Ramy might be the contender to beat, but the two former athletes think it may be Brandon Curry’s show to lose.
“He won second or first for how much? He won Arnold, second, first. He has the best track record. How do you not put it as a competitor, right? He was right there. Either he won it or he was second for a few years, so nothing against the other guys,” Jay Cutler said.
Should Derek Lunsford make the move?
Derek Lunsford managed to overcome the hump during Olympia 2021 and win the 212 title. This was his goal for years and was able to reach the top of the sport. It is clear that his objective for the moment is to defend his title but that does not mean that he will not take the step eventually.
Lunsford replaced Big Ramy, who was unable to travel to Pittsburgh to be a guest poser on the show. He took to the stage alongside other elite competitors such as Curry, Hunter Labrada and Nick Walker. This gave Lunsford a chance to compare his physique to those at the top of the Men’s Open.
“He had told me honestly that of course he wanted to defend 212. But I agree with you, I think it’s going to come down to seeing how his body comes together as he goes into August and September, see Remember, Hany saves his food. For this guest posing, he was consuming 150 grams of carbs a day. Ask yourself if he actually ate. He was definitely over 250 pounds, I don’t know not exactly how much more.
The Men’s Open continues to be the largest bodybuilding division. This means more publicity and a bigger prize pool. A change for Derek Lunsford may not happen this year, but it could be in the cards moving forward.