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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results, New IFBB Pro League Cards, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Essa Obaid from UAE won 1st place at the inaugural IFBB Asian Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Zhengzhou, China. German IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel was named the 2nd place runner-up. IFBB Pro Dalibor Hajek from the Czech Republic took 3rd place. Hungary's IFBB Pro Daniel Toth landed in 4th place. IFBB Pro Christopher Wong took the 5th place spot in the lineup.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 5 Points, 3rd - 4 Points, 4th - 3 Points, 5th - 2 Points) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend to challenge reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. The Asian Pro Championships, the first IFBB-sanctioned professional bodybuilding contest staged in China, is a Tier 3 contest, i.e., one of few to award more points per placing than Tier 4 contests. Locals were proud to witness 47-year-old Christopher Wong, a Canadian resident of Chinese descent, make his pro debut since earning his IFBB Pro card by winning the Masters Overall title at the 2013 CBBF Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships.

The Asian Pro Championships was only the second contest in which Essa Obaid has competed in 2014, after placing 2nd at the Golden State Grand Prix in California (won by IFBB Pro William Bonac). Obaid accepted his IFBB Pro card after winning the 2010 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships. This earned him an invitation to the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, where he placed 13th behind winner IFBB Pro Branch Warren.



Andrew Oye's Verdict: Speaking of pro cards and pro debuts, more potential is on the way from the U.K. -- home of legendary 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates. New IFBB Pro Nathan De Asha (Nathan Sylvester, a.k.a. "The Prophecy") won the Heavyweight Class and Overall title at the 2014 UKBFF British National Bodybuilding Championships, at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham (October 12), where his buddy IFBB Pro Ricardo Correia (last year's British Nationals winner) was on hand to support. With promising physique aesthetics and a 27-inch waist, 28-year-old Nathan Sylvester De Asha was initially set to compete in the Super-Heavyweight Class but he dropped from 104 kg to 99.9 kg in the 24 hours prior to the contest weigh-in. He qualified for IFBB Pro status by surpassing the other Class winners -- James Hollingshead, Dean Lesiak, James Watts, and Gordon Singh. The persistent athlete from Liverpool, United Kingdom, completed the 26.2-mile London Marathon in May to raise money for charity.

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