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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 latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes the current crop of Olympia contenders and a title-sweeping rookie.

The "So What?": The guest-poser lineup at the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Bodybuilding Championships was a star-studded roster that included reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, and top contenders IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, IFBB Pro King Kamali and IFBB Pro K. Greene, winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2009 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships.

Rookie IFBB Pro Peter Putnam signed an  endorsement contract with a sports-nutrtion company that recently announced a licensing agreement with a major MMA lifestyle brand. Putnam is the 2004 NPC Collegiate Nationals Champion, 2007 NPC USA Light-Heavyweight Champion and 2008 NPC Nationals Light-Heavyweight Champion. He belongs to a small group to claim all three national titles. During the 2008 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships, Putnam received the inaugural "Steve Stone - Heart of a Champion Award" (named forr the NPC Vice Chairman and former co-host of FOX Sports Net's "MuscleSport USA" TV show with IFBB Pro Tom Terwilliger).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: With the weight of the Olympia-caliber IFBB Pro League athletes that hit the Pennsylvania stage -- as i said in the previous edition of "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" -- surely Pittsburgh winner IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa and his fellow 202-Division competitors breathed a sigh of relief that their new weight class was created and the Open Division attendees were just guesting and not competing. As an amateur, Peter Putnam was perceived as the "great hope" for those seeking a new high-profile, fair-haired American pro on the competitive bodybuilding scene. With the new IFFB Pro card and sponsorship contract, time will tell if Putnam is as great as some hope for him to be.

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