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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: The team behind the British Grand Prix just posted the competitors list of IFBB Pro League athletes that will battle at the 2011 IFBB British Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in London, England (March 19-20).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas
IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli
IFBB Pro Toney Freeman
IFBB Pro Paul George
IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson
IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos
IFBB Pro Hennie Kotze
IFBB Pro Ian Morgan
IFBB Pro Essa Obaid
IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel
IFBB Pro Michael Sheridan
IFBB Pro Alvin Small
IFBB Pro Mario Van Steenberghe
IFBB Pro Ian Wadley
IFBB Pro Branch Warren
IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar

202 Class Competitors:

IFBB Pro John Armstrong
IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco-Jimenez
IFBB Pro Eric Castagnet
IFBB Pro John Hodgson
IFBB Pro Shaun Joseph-Tavernier
IFBB Pro Michael King
IFBB Pro Flex Lewis
IFBB Pro James Llewellin
IFBB Pro Nana Ofosu-Manu
IFBB Pro Jerry Ossi
IFBB Pro Mirko Petrovski
IFBB Pro Cvetko Stojmenovski

The "So What?": Last year, as reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," IFBB Pro Zack Khan had joined forces with IFBB Pro Neil Hill and other promoters to bring the event back to London. The physique contest returns after about seven years without IFBB-sanctioned pro bodybuilding competitions in the UK, providing more IFBB Pro Olympia qualification opportunities for athletes to compete against reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and Olympia 202 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas. MUSCLE INK Magazine's "Mass with Class" IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto will be the featured guest-poser. 

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Front-runners for the Open Division title include recent winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships Branch Warren, along with vet Toney Freeman and Rockel Rockel (2011 Arnold Classic 6th place). Others with physical clout: Roelly Winklaar (2009 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Champ), Johnnie Jackson (2009 IFBB "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge winner) and Michael Kefalianos (3rd place at last week's Australian Pro Grand Prix, won by IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf). In the 202 Division, James "Flex" Lewis is favored, with a possible challenge from Raul Carrasco, Jerry Ossi, James Llewellin, John Hodgson and Shaun Tavernier.

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