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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, 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 "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes pros making deals and a pro that needs to heal.

The "So What?": IFBB Pro Troy Brown signs a sports-nutrition endorsement contract and gave me the scoop on how the deal went down. "I just kept on the [company reps]," says the determined Englishman. "I approached them last year. It was what I was hoping for. They are flying me out to the Arnold Classic, which I am so excited about as I have never been to the Arnold before. I'm also still working on my new training DVD." IFBB Pro Ben White also signed an exclusive, multi-year endorsement deal with a different Canada-based supplement company. "As everyone knows I took the whole 2008 off to work on improving and perfecting my physique," says the 5'8", 250-pound New York native, who is also a powerlifter.

IFBB Pro Moe El Moussawi signed a media contract with the company whose roster includes reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, two-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Silvio Samuel, IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony and IFBB Pro Dennis James. "[The signing] means I'm one of the top guys," says the 34-year-old, New Zealand resident who finished 9th at the 2008 Olympia and recently placed 2nd at the 2009 Ironman Pro, his highest placing in his five years in the pro ranks. IFBB Pro Lee Priest announced he would not compete at the upcoming Arnold Classic or IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, a disappointment to fans awaiting his return to the stage. Priest is scheduled to undergo tendon surgery that will render his arm immovable for a six-week stretch, but he intends to attend the Australian Pro Grand Prix to greet fans.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The deal is well deserved for Brown, a nice guy who lives for the sport, earned his IFBB Pro card at the 2006 British Championships and hopes to qualify for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2010. El Moussawi's signing comes in time for the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (March 6-8), where he hopes to improve on his 11th place finish at the 2008 Arnold Sports Festival. Ben White was the talk in bodybuilding circles when he fulfilled his own prophecy and became the 2007 NPC USA Overall Champion. He then loudly predicted victory at his pro debut contest but placed 6th at the 2008 New York Pro Championships. The word is White's hyperbolic bravado was a pro-boxing-style publicity stunt to drum-up hype. For his next contest, he might want to let the titles do the talking. The Australian Pro was supposed to mark Lee Priest's first attempt at a potential 2009 Olympia qualification, as well as his big comeback following his IFBB reinstatement. Will he ever, as many expected, reenter the game and dominate the new 202 Division?

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