Bi Nguyen had to put her career first.
The MMA fighter headed out to Fiji inside the hopes of winning a million dollars onSurvivor: David vs. Goliath, although only lasted 10 days after an injury caused her to quit the game on Wednesday’s episode.
“I realized my knee was hurt after going through the [challenge] which I had with Alec inside the beginning, we went through those poles. As soon as the team got to the puzzle, I realized something was wrong, because I stood up, in addition to which buckled. in addition to which’s why you’ll see me sitting down during which part,” Bi recalled while chatting with ET. “So we had the medical team come look at which. Dr. Joe said which was a sprain… in addition to which was hyperextended.”
Bi didn’t tear her knee, so the team decided which a medical evacuation wasn’t necessary. although having suffered through the injury before, she knew which was going to get worse. “We wrapped which up, I went back to camp, spent hours thinking about how I could possibly stay, in addition to how genuinely bad the sprain was. Even walking around camp was tough,” she said. “I slept on which, in addition to I woke up, in addition to which was inflamed, in addition to the next day, which was so painful.”
which was which morning which she decided to withdraw coming from the game. “I told [the David tribe], ‘which is usually which. I know my knee, in addition to I know which could be a career-ending injury if I stay.’ Of course, they were sad, although they were genuinely supportive, in addition to when we got to the mats, I announced which to Jeff [Probst],” she shared. “I didn’t decide to leave until the very end.”
Bi took some time to recover at Ponderosa, where she said she “couldn’t walk for a couple days,” although with the help of physical therapy, she said she’s almost back to “100 percent.” While Bi’s injury could have been another blow to the David tribe, who lost castaway Pat Cusack to a medical evacuation on day three (he also recovered coming from his injury at Ponderosa), fate was on their side inside the form of a tribe swap.
The remaining contestants were divided into three brand new tribes, in addition to the next day, former Goliath member Natalia Azoqa found herself voted out. Her departure was emotional, captivating, in addition to may, in fact, go down among the most dramatic exits in Survivor history. She didn’t exactly mince words — or her anger towards Alec.
“There definitely is usually raw emotions there. I was not happy at the time, in addition to I’m still not happy currently. I don’t think which was the right time for me to go home,” she told ET on Thursday, explaining which she had tried to work with Alec, although knew “immediately” at tribal council which he was going to try to get her out. His whispers to their tribemates only made things worse.
“When he whispered to Elizabeth, I was genuinely angry,” Natalia expressed. “Clearly you want me gone. Why don’t you say, ‘I’m voting for Natalia, are you with me or not?'”
The Irvine, California, native couldn’t reveal whether or not she had since cleared the air with Alec, although she’s definitely still fired up. “I couldn’t get over what had happened to me,” she said of her time at Ponderosa post-elimination. “I talked about which a lot. I was just so mad.”
Amid the anger, Natalia did recognize which she could have done things differently. “Maybe I should have been more calm with Alec. which was clear I was reading him the wrong way,” she confessed. As for her blindside? According to Natalia, which’s still “absolutely stupid.”
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.