The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S ARNOLD CLASSIC PREVIEW: ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL HOSTS INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF BODYBUILDING + FITNESS IFBB PRO LEAGUE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC EUROPE BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MADRID, SPAINThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and promoters of the Arnold Sports Festival published the list of IFBB Pro League athletes competing at the 2015 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe Bodybuilding Championships in Madrid, Spain (September 25-27). Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Carlos Asensio (Spain)
IFBB Pro William Bonac (Holland)
IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (USA)
IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (Egypt/Kuwait)
IFBB Pro Alex Fedorov (Russia)
IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (USA)
IFBB Pro Abdelaziz Jellali (Morocco)
IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos (Greece)
IFBB Pro Zack Khan (UK)
IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (USA)
IFBB Pro Alexey Lesukov (Russia)
IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (Dominican Republic)
IFBB Pro Juan Morel (USA)
IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (USA)
IFBB Pro Fred Smalls (USA)
IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (Germany) The "So What?":
The 5th Annual Arnold Classic Europe will have past winners of all the various international franchises of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships on the stage: inaugural 2011 Arnold Classic Europe winner Victor Martinez (2007 Arnold Classic USA)
, Shawn Rhoden (2012 Arnold Classic Europe), IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (2014 Arnold Classic Europe, 2014 Arnold Classic USA), Brandon Curry (inaugural 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil), Steve Kuclo (2014 Arnold Classic Brasil), "Big Ramy" Mamdouh Elssbiay (2015 Arnold Classic Brasil)
and, of course, record-holding 5-time winner of the Arnold Classic USA Dexter Jackson (inaugural 2015 Arnold Classic Australia)
. New invitees who did not compete in Spain last year: Asensio, Curry, Fedorov, Jellali, Lesukov, Khan and Kuclo. Some of last year's contenders who are not this year's list: IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, and IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz.
The Arnold Fitness Expo at the Pabellón de Cristal, Casa de Campo-Madrid Arena features many competitions and exhibitions: Arnold Strongman, Arnold Amateur bodybuilding, bodyfitness (figure), pro fitness, powerlifting, armwrestling, athletic fitness, BMX, CrossFit, capoeira, gymnastics, kickboxing, MMA (mixed martial arts), aikido, jiu jitsu, muay thai, kempo, karate, taekwondo, Olympic combat training, lucha libre (wrestling), tennis, spinning, strongman, cheerleading, fencing, boxing, parkour and more.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," last weekend, 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson took 2nd place to IFBB Pro Phil Heath (2013 Arnold Classic Europe winner), who won his fifth Mr. Olympia title and Sandow trophy at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. Earlier this year, 45-year-old Jackson surpassed the four-win tie he had held with retired IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Given the resume he has built and the roll he is on, Jackson could emerge victorious in Madrid, Spain; however, other frontrunners at this first IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest for the 2016 season -- Rhoden, Wolf and Elssbiay (who all placed directly behind Jackson at the recent "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") -- want to add to more champion titles to their respective contest histories as well.
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