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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Legends Update, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Promoters of the Ferrigno Legacy published the list of IFBB Pro League athletes that will compete at the inaugural IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Santa Barbara, California (November 28-29).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Pedro Barron
IFBB Pro Lionel Brown
IFBB Pro Omar Deckard
IFBB Pro Marius Dohne
IFBB Pro Michael Ely
IFBB Pro Jerome Ferguson
IFBB Pro Will Harris
IFBB Pro Dalibor Hajek
IFBB Pro Stefan Havlik
IFBB Pro Rafael Jaramillo
IFBB Pro Jeno Kiss
IFBB Pro Bola Ojex
IFBB Pro Ryan Pateracki
IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz
IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel
IFBB Pro Brad Rowe
IFBB Pro Varinder Singh Ghuman
IFBB Pro Vladimir Sizov

The "So What?": Hollywood actor ("The Incredible Hulk," "Hercules"), co-star of "Pumping Iron," IFBB Hall of Famer and 2-time Mr. Universe IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno hosts the first annual IFBB/NPC Ferrigno Legacy Pro-Amateur Championships at the Granada Theater, a 1,550-seat venue that recently underwent a $52 million renovation. The Ferrigno Legacy Bodybuilding and Fitness Festival features many events for fitness enthusiasts, fitness industry professionals and fans, including: expert fitness clinics, instructional demos, live backstage interviews, entertainment and an after-party gala, as well as a Legends Q&A with 8-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Lenda Murray, Mr. America IFBB Pro Ed Corney, 4-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, 13-time Olympia contender IFBB Pro Shawn Ray, and Ferrigno.

According to promo material, invited celebrities, pro athletes and friends of Ferrigno expected on the opening-night red carpet: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. ("NCIS"), Oprah Winfrey, Chuck Norris ("Walker, Texas Ranger"), Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler"), Frank Stallone, Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland, Alan Thicke, Jeff Bridges, 7-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger, reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, plus more.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: With his exciting new event, Lou Ferrigno creates a path of opportunities like that of his friend with the Arnold Sports Festival and IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. "I am honored to launch an event combining California's legendary bodybuilding culture with world-class competitors raising awareness for personal health, fitness and two worthy causes," said Ferrigno. Perhaps, the future holds international franchises of the Ferrigno Legacy (as Schwarzenegger did, expanding into Spain, Brasil and Australia).

As reported in MUSCLE INK Magazine's "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Ferrigno Legacy hosts the last men's bodybuilding (frontrunners include Rockel, Dohne, Piotrkowicz), women's and men's physique contests of 2014 offering IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series points for his mentor's "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" -- the 2015 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. The NPC amateur contests are national qualifiers that allow top placers to compete for IFBB Pro cards. More importantly, a portion of the event's proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles Muscular Dystrophy Association and services for hearing-impaired children.

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