The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA LEE HANEY, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS BRANCH WARREN AND JOSE RAYMOND, PLUS BODYBUILDERS IFBB PRO ALEXIS RIVERA ROLON, IFBB PRO JAY CUTLER, IFBB PRO HIDETADA YAMASIGHI, IFBB PRO DENNIS WOLF, IFBB PRO DALLAS MCCARVER, IFBB PRO ANDY HAMAN, IFBB PRO EDUARDO CORREA, IFBB PRO CHRIS CORMIER, IFBB PRO GUSTAVO BADELLThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WSOF Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various entertainment, sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes some Olympians whose favorite number is eight, a mixed martial artist fighter who has battled in two leagues, and bodybuilders with ties to a burgeoning physique-sports hub with a population of approximately 3.7 million. The "So What?":
Over the weekend, at the NPC Duel of Champions in Nebraska (which was held with the inaugural IFBB Omaha Pro Bodybuilding Championships), a trio of Olympians who are legends in their respective divisions made special-guest appearances: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney, 8-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Lenda Murray, and 8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia IFBB Pro Adela Garcia. The featured guest poser in Nebraska was IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus"), a 2-time Arnold Classic winner and 7-time Olympia contender.
While IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy") was busy winning the Arnold Sports Festival's 3rd Annual IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Rio de Janeiro, other pros made appearances at the Arnold Classic Brasil Fitness Expo, including: 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, Wrestler/IFBB Pro Andy Haman, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Jason Huh, IFBB Pro Roman Fritz, IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa, and MMA Fighter "Toquinho" Rousimar Palhares (the current WSOF World Series of Fighting Welterweight Champion and a former UFC Ultimate Fighting Championships fighter).
Fresh off a recent win at the California Pro Championships, IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver guest-posed at the IFBB/NPC (Nor Cal) Northern California Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento, where 2014 Physique Olympia Champion IFBB Pro Jeremy Buendia was spotted. 2015 Arnold Classic 212-Diision Champion IFBB Pro Jose Raymond (a.k.a. "The Boston Mass") hosted a Mass Training Seminar in Tampa, Florida, and he was also the featured guest-poser at the NPC Natural Suncoast Classic Championships. Covering topics like mind-muscle connection, IFBB Pro Chris Cormier hosted his a training seminar and workshop at a fitness club in Rimini, Italy. IFBB Pro Kevin English, a 3-time Olympia 202/212 Showdown Champion, guest-posed at the NPC Long Island Championships in New York. The previous weekend, Dennis Wolf made an appearance at the Mr. Celaya Classic Championships in Celaya, Mexico.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
With the launch of the inaugural Puerto Rican Pro Bodybuilding Championships, as the first IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest in the commonwealth to qualify competitors for the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" (Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend), physique sports in the region are set to explode. IFBB Pro Marco Rivera won the Puerto Rican Pro, which was held in San Juan with new contests for amateurs -- the NPC Puerto Rican Championships and the NPC Enchanted Isle Classic Championships. Amid all of this, the National Physique Committee made a special announcement, naming promoter Tim Gardner the newly appointed NPC Puerto Rico District Chairman. Two athletes who represent the past and the future of this region's influence attended the weekend's events -- retired IFBB Pro Gustavo Badell (Venezuelan-born Puerto Rico resident and former Olympia contender) and IFBB Pro Alexis Rivera Rolon (Puerto Rico native who made a splash earning his IFBB Pro card at the 2014 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships -- with the coaching assistance of Badell and IFBB Pro Don Long).
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