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The Item: Career Updates, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa De Silva is considering a move from competing in the 202 Division to the Open Division of the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness). Launched in 2008, the IFBB Pro League 202 Class gives smaller pro bodybuilders the opportunity to compete on a more even playing field, as opposed to lighter-weight athletes having to contend with Open Class competitors who can (technically speaking) carry an infinite or limitless amount of mass.

The "So What?": The Brazilian bodybuilder is known for achieving a high level of conditioning. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Eduardo Correa won the Middleweight Class of the 2008 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (at the Arnold Sports Festival, host of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic). Correa placed 3rd at the Olympia 202 Showdown in 2009 and 2010. While we have yet to see an athlete start his career in the 202 Division and grow into the Open Division, due to a lack of options, both IFBB Pro Kevin English (202 Olympia Champion in 2010 and 2009) and IFBB Pro David Henry (202 Olympia Champ in 2008) have previously competed in the Open Division at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (dominated by massive physiques like 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman and 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler).
 
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Perhaps Eduardo Correa saw a pattern in placements and no longer wants to play "third wheel" in the ongoing English versus Henry war. Or, like others in the 202 Class, he found it arduous to cut-down to 202 lbs. and will mass-up to compete in the Open Class, where the prize money is better.

An aesthetics-prone athlete playing the mass game with Open Division competitors (who creep close to 300 lbs. in the off-season) faces two risks -- either compromising his lines or living in limbo like IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, a contender with a great physique who finds it difficult to break into the very top tier of the Open Class Mr. Olympia finals with the larger IFBB Pro League athletes. Correa's structure could be prime for reward if he chooses to go this route and his plan is executed well, but the odds are stacked against him.

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