IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Sports Festival, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson was crowned the winner of the 2015 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and claimed a record-breaking fifth Mr. International title at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Two-time Arnold Classic winner IFBB Pro Branch Warren was the 2nd place runner-up (rising from 6th place last year). In his Arnold Classic debut, IFBB Pro Justin Compton claimed 3rd place. Dropping one spot from last year, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan took 4th place. Repeating his placing from 2014, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani finished in 5th place again.
The remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar (6th), up a spot from last year IFBB Pro Brandon Curry
(7th), down a spot from last year IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski (8th), in his Arnold Classic debut IFBB Pro Vitaley Fateev
(9th), down a spot from last year IFBB Pro Toney Freeman
(10th), IFBB Pro Marius Dohne (11th), IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke (12th), and IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos (13th).The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro–Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 8 Points, 3rd - 7 Points, 4th - 6 Points, 5th - 5 Points) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend to face reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. For the first time, the 2015 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships moved from its long-time venue, the Veterans Memorial, to the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Arnold Sports Festival promoters "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger and James J. Lorimer presented the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Manion, National Physique Committee (NPC) President and IFBB Pro League Chairman.
IFBB Pro Jose Raymond won the bodybuilding 212 Division contest, which had premiered at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival. IFBB Pro Camala Rodriguez won her first Ms. Figure International title. IFBB Pro Oksana Grishina won her second Ms. Fitness International title. IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser won her second Ms. Bikini International title. Brian Shaw won his second Arnold Strongman Classic title. Lukas Wyler won the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding contest. IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic won the inaugural Men's Physique International title, and IFBB Pro Juliana Malacarne won the inaugural Women's Physique International title.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Because last year's winner IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf did not return to defend the Open-Division title, the storyline leading into the 2015 Arnold Classic Championships was that there would either be a new record set or a new champion crowned. The only other previous winner in the lineup was "Quadrasaurus" Branch Warren, but there wasn't an overwhelming expectation for him to repeat or even to place as high as he eventually did. Much of the pre-game buzz was whether one of the athletes among the younger set -- Army Sergeant Cedric McMillan, Evan Centopani, or rookie Justin Compton -- could threaten the 45-year-old veteran and win their first Arnold Classic title. Ultimately, returning to the contest he had skipped last year, Dexter Jackson used seniority and consistency to break his previous record of four wins (a record he tied with IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler in 2014). The MUSCLE INK Magazine feature titled "Classically Cut" is a tribute to the "The Blade" Dexter Jackson's new five-win Arnold Classic record, which pads an awesome resume of 21 pro victories, including the 2008 Mr. Olympia and 2012 Masters Olympia. Overall, he has amassed 63 Top 5 placings in 80 contests in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Professional League. GET THE PRO BODYBUILDING INDUSTRY SCOOP!"ANDREW OYE'S PRO-MUSCLE REPORT"http://www.prosource.net/andrew-oye