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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 in Las Vegas, Mark Alvisi won both the Heavyweight Class and the Overall Title of Mr. USA at the 2009 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships. The 5'9", 215-pounder rolled out west from Florida on well-sized wheels complete with quad cuts. Alvisi also brought good proportions to slide ahead of Heavyweight Lee Banks, who also possessed the aforementioned attributes. Meanwhile, at 5'8" and 230 lbs., with mass and maturity on his side, big Grigori Atoyan bested a large class of 27 Super-Heavies, pushing past contenders like Robert Burneika and Jason Huh. Ripped and well-balanced, Daryl Gee won the Middleweight Class. All three Class winners earned new IFBB Pro cards.

The "So What?": New IFBB Pro Mark Alvisi beat a man who had received as many predictions of class victory as he did. New IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan had been knocking at the pro-card door for a while, and after about six hard years can now wipe his brow. New IFBB Pro Daryl Gee is fresh off an overall win at the NPC Los Angeles Bodybuilding Championships where, at just 5'5", he beat out much larger athletes like Todd Jewell. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," IFBB Pro Brandon Curry won the Mr. USA title last year.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Pro bodybuilding is getting new blood in the form of both young tigers and seasoned lions. With the 202 Division being added to pro contests, including the 202 Olympia Showdown, and with Open Division titles like the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and the Mr. Olympia at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, these new IFBB Pro League athletes better buckle-up their iron belts, because the pro circuit gets more competitive every day. They can ask IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson -- winners of both prestigious titles.

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