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

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a pros "off the list" and "on the bench." IFBB Pro Gustavo Badell and IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony have ended their exclusive sports-nutrition-company endorsement contracts.  In other news, in a recent radio interview, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani announced that he has opted not to compete during the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest season. Centopani plans to return for his second showing on the bodybuilding stage at the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Columbus, OH.

The "So What?": The company that formerly sponsored Anthony and Badell is known for stacking its roster with prominent faces (including 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Phil Heath and many more. The parting of ways between a sponsor and an athlete is often (but not always) based on the athlete's progression (or lack thereof) in the competitive pro-bodybuilding contest rankings. Badell was victorious at the 2009 Atlantic City Pro, where Anthony took 4th place, and Anthony is favored to do well at the upcoming Phoenix Pro Championships. However, Anthony went from being a Top 5 Olympia contestant to falling out of the Top 10 at the 2009 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, along with Badell. Regarding Centopani, he earned his IFBB Pro card in 2007. Centopani took a full year off from competing, then made his pro debut at the 2009 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships and emerged as the 1st place winner in the Open Division.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Both Gustavo Badell and Melvin Anthony are hitting the stage in the 2010 contest season to get some shine back, but, as always, they'll be up against other vets and some rookie pros shining brighter after every show. Nevertheless, 2010 is a new year to make new moves and attract new sponsors. If history repeats itself, and Evan Centopani returns to snag 1st place at the Arnold Classic, we may see a lot more IFBB Pro athletes sitting out for a full year between shows to see if the same mojo works for them.

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