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Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report, Gossip
By Andrew Oye | Dec 9, 2011


The Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Legends Update, IFBB Hall of Fame, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Promoters of the World Masters contest just released the roster of IFBB Pro League athletes that will compete at the 2011 IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding Championships in Miami, Florida (December 10).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Troy Alves
IFBB Pro Lee Apperson
IFBB Pro Samir Bannout
IFBB Pro Andreas Cahling
IFBB Pro Darrem Charles
IFBB Pro Roland Cziurlok
IFBB Pro Toney Freeman
IFBB Pro Stan Frydrych
IFBB Pro Pavol Jablonicky
IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson
IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson
IFBB Pro Ed Nunn
IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore

The "So What?": The Masters Mr. Olympia contest debuted in 1994 and was won by IFBB Pro Robby Robinson. The title had three other champions: IFBB Pro Sonny Schmidt, IFBB Pro Don Youngblood and 5-time Masters Olympia Champion IFBB Pro Vince Taylor. A variation of an elite Masters contest resurfaced as the "World Masters Championships" in 2006, won by IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo who will emcee this year's IFBB Pro World Masters Championships, yet another version of a top-tier Masters-level competition.

The 2011 Pro World Masters Championships, tagged "Return of the Legends," was organized to lure over-40 pro bodybuilders back to the stage to compete in a contest with $240,000.00 in overall cash prizes (first-place award $100,000.00). Age, life changes, and injury prevented several of the pros invited (or rumored) to compete from doing so. Competitors like IFBB Pro Gary Strydom (former WBF World Bodybuilding Federation Champion) and 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman (recently rehabbing from back surgery) were early considerations but are no longer on the latest competitors list.

As previously reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Larry Scott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by TV's "The Incredible Hulk" IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno, who was featured on MUSCLE INK Magazine this summer. Also attending or making appearances: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane, 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 2-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone, Powerlifter and IFBB Pro Andy Haman, MLB New York Yankees Pro Baseball Player Alex Rodriguez (A Rod), and WWE Superstar and Pro Wrestling Champion Dave Bautista (Batista), who was featured on MUSCLE INK Magazine this fall.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: It's a bit disappointing that renowned names like IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto and IFBB Hall of Famers like IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, and IFBB Pro Shawn Ray are not on the competitors list as some fans had hoped they would be. Frontrunners for the title of 2011 Pro World Masters Champion include 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson (42), Troy Alves (45), Toney Freeman (45) and Ed Nunn (40). The aforementioned quartet of favored athletes recently competed at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, where new Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath unseated 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler.

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