ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPION BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO TONEY FREEMAN, ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMPION VICTOR MARTINEZ, IFBB PRO BRANDON CURRY, 'AMERICAN GLADIATOR' MIKE O'HEARN
By Andrew Oye | Monday, October 7, 2013 5:27:21 AM America/New_York
The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and pros from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes the freshly crowned Mr. Olympia, the Texas quadzilla monster who has won several Arnold Classic "Most Muscular" Awards, and a popular (non-pro) bodybuilder who is a former "American Gladiator."
The "So What?": Over the weekend, an Arnold Sports Festival winner of two titles at the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") guest-posed at the NPC Natural Northern USA Bodybuilding & Physique Championships in Ohio, as did Cleveland's newest pro IFBB Pro Mike Ely (who earned his IFBB Pro card at the NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships in Pittsburgh). The NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix Championships' list of performing guest pro bodybuilders included IFBB Pro Juan Morel, IFBB Pro Jeff Beckham, IFBB Pro Anthoneil Champagnie, rookie IFBB Pro Akim Williams (who earned a IFBB Pro card at the IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships) and 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Victor Martinez.
The 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil Champion IFBB Pro Brandon Curry staged the NPC Music City Muscle Championships in Nashville, Tennessee. IFBB Pro Toney Freeman held a meet-and-greet at the NPC Iron House Bodybuilding Championships in Texas. Speaking of Texas, the "Texas Shredder" IFBB Pro Dave Goodin was the guest poser at the NPC Ironman Championships, along with powerlifter and 4-time Mr. Universe Mike O'Hearn (a.k.a. Titan from TV's "American Gladiators"). IFBB Pro Lloyd Dollar hit the stage at the NPC Hurricane Bay Championships in Tampa, Florida. IFBB Pro Tamer El Guindy was the event manager for the 35th Annual NPC Border States Classic Bodybuilding Championships in San Diego, California.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: It used to be that after Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. "the Super Bowl of bodybuilding"), most IFBB pros either rested or racked up guest-posing appearances before the end of the year, as Branch Warren, Victor Martinez and Toney Freeman are doing. All three just competed (placing 9th, 11th and 15th, respectively) at the recent Mr. Olympia Championships, which won by the now 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath who defeated old foes like 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and newcomers like IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"). The Sandow trophy earner's name is on the competitors list, along with Freeman and Martinez, for the upcoming IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe Championships (October 11-13) in Madrid, Spain -- since the new trend is for athletes to continue competing in the growing number of post-Olympia contests added to the IFBB Professional League's schedule and to the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
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