The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" latest roundup includes pros from southeastern USA and South America.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, 2-time IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Championships Winner IFBB Pro Branch Warren guest-posed at the NPC New York State Grand Prix Bodybuilding & Physique Championships in Poughkeepsie. (Texas-based Warren recently finished in 9th place at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, won by the now 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, who also just won the Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid, Spain.) The Southeastern USA Bodybuilding Championships in Orlando featured two guest-posers, Florida-born IFBB Pro Lee Banks and young Tennessean IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver.

Washington's newest pro IFBB Pro Joe DeRousie (who earned his pro card at the 2013 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships in Pittsburgh) guest-posed at the NPC Northern Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Tacoma. Popular poser IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson performed at the NPC Natural Colorado Open Bodybuilding Championships in Denver. Powerlifting "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" and IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson guest-posed at the Australian IFBB Queensland Bodybuilding and Physique Championships

Andrew Oye's Verdict: While some IFBB pros who participated in the Olympia Qualification Series are grabbing guest-posing gigs before the year closes, a pro who didn't compete in 2013 grabbed a new endorsement contract. Lately most associated with his contest-prep coaching of rookie sensation IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a. "Big Ramy," (who finished in 8th place at the Olympia), IFBB Pro Dennis James just signed a new sports nutrition sponsorship deal. An Olympia 212 Showdown contender, Brazilian IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa also signed with a new sport nutrition sponsor. 

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