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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, Steve Kuclo won the Super-Heavyweight Class and the Overall Mr. USA Title at the 2011 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas, earning his IFBB Pro card. Also qualifying for professional status: Heavyweight Class winner and new IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, Light-Heavyweight Class winner and new IFBB Pro Tamer El Guindy, and Middleweight Class winner and new IFBB Pro Luis Santa.   

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," last year, the National Physique Committee had upped the amount of IFBB Pro League cards issued in the Men's Bodybuilding Division to four cards, beginning in 2010 (which was won by IFBB Pro Jason Huh). Most of the 2011 winners bumped up on the ladder from the previous year. Steve Kuclo, a firefighter with the Dallas Fire Department, finished in 6th place in the Super-Heavies at the 2010 USA Championships, where Jon Delarosa placed 2nd in the Heavies and Luis Santa placed 1st in the Welterweights (a class that does not earn a pro card).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: There is word that new IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo might jump right into the professional contest season and compete in his Texas backyard at the Dallas Pro Bodybuilding Championships Europa SuperShow in two weeks (August 13). It is rare, though not impossible, for a rookie pro to make a humongous splash in his professional debut so soon after entering the pro ranks of the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. For example, IFBB Pro Phil Heath turned pro at the 2005 USA Championships, won his pro debut at the 2006 Colorado Pro Championships and his next contest, the 2006 New York Pro, and immediately began placing in the Top 5 at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in 2007 and Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2008. 

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