ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: ‘AMERICAN GLADIATORS’ STARS, NFL PLAYERS, UFC FIGHTERS, TNA WRESTLERS, WWE SUPERSTARS, WSM STRONGMEN, IFBB PRO LEAGUE BODYBUILDERS, AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
By Andrew Oye | Friday, March 7, 2014 10:20:00 AM America/New_York
The Item: Career Updates, Legends Update, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, NFL Pro Athletes Roundup, UFC Pro Athletes Roundup, WWE Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM 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 brand-new Arnold Classic champions, a nearly retired Mr. Olympia, and professional athletes competitive in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, National Football League, World Wrestling Entertainment, World's Strongest Man, and International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
The "So What?": This week, while IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf was busy winning the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Columbus, Ohio, and IFBB Pro Flex Lewis won the Arnold Classic's first 212-Division contest, a barrage of sports stars forming a veritable edition of Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes Roundup made appearances or were spotted at the Arnold Sports Festival Expo: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Ed Corney (IFBB Hall of Fame), Kurt Angle (Total Nonstop Action TNA Wrestling), Randy Couture (UFC Hall of Fame), Joe Manganiello (Hollywood movie actor), Lynn Swann (NFL Hall of Fame), IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone (IFBB Hall of Fame), IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno (Star of TV's "Incredible Hulk"), actor/powerlifter/bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn ("Titan" from TV's "American Gladiators"), and IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari (First-ever Arnold Classic Champion),
IFBB Pro Lee Labrada (IFBB Hall of Fame), IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (IFBB Hall of Fame), IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (Winner of "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge), IFBB Pro Dennis James, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, IFBB Pro Frank McGrath, IFBB Pro Zack Khan, IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa, IFBB Pro Juan Morel, IFBB Pro Amanda Latona, IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino, Wrestler/IFBB Pro Andy Haman, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, NFL Pro Jon Beason (New York Giants), NFL Pro Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals), NFL Pro Marcus Lattimore (San Fran 49ers), NFL Pro Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers), UFC Pro Frankie Edgar (MMA fighter), Rapper Melle Mel (Hip Hop artist), IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, IFBB Pro Moe El Moussawi, IFBB Pro Mark Anthony Wingson, IFBB Pro Stan Efferding (Winner of "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge), IFBB Pro Aaron Clark, Pro Wrestler David Otunga (WWE Superstar), Sportscaster Lynn Swann (NFL Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Steelers), Pro Strongman Brian Shaw (World's Strongest Man + America's Strongest Man), and many more.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: While he hasn't officially announced retirement, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler seems close to ending his run on the competitive stage. This week, Cutler signed a new media contract, leaving the company housing Dennis Wolf, 2-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") and IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, to return to the company housing James "Flex" Lewis, 3-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath and IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion). Meanwhile, both of the new Arnold Classic champions announced upcoming guest-posing appearances at IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests where athletes gain points to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"). Flex Lewis will be the first-ever guest-poser at the long-running IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix this weekend. Dennis Wolf was added to the NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Championships, joining an all-star guest lineup that includes 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), Heath, Cutler, Warren and Rhoden.
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