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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Promoters the Europa Battle of Champions just released the list of IFBB Pro League athletes that will compete at the 2012 IFBB Hartford Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Connecticut (June 30).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour
IFBB Pro Mark Antonek
IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan
IFBB Pro Moe Bannout
IFBB Pro Jamal Elmadawy
IFBB Pro Adorthus Cherry
IFBB Pro Renaldo Gairy
IFBB Pro Hennie Kotze
IFBB Pro Jeff Long
IFBB Pro Juan Morel
IFBB Pro Alexandre Nataf
IFBB Pro Essa Obaid
IFBB Pro Randy Reittinger
IFBB Pro Fred Smalls

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," IFBB Pro Troy Alves won the 2011 IFBB Hartford Pro Bodybuilding Championships. Returning from last year's contest to compete in Connecticut are: Grigori Atoyan, Adorthus Cherry, Jeff Long and Fred Smalls. Hennie Kotze bumps up from the 202 (now 212) Division to compete in the Open Division. The accompanying expo features: CrossFit, MMA, grappling, arm wrestling, powerlifting, karate, strongman, tae kwan do, and more. Scheduled seminars: 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and the Arnold Sports Festival's 2-time IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Champion IFBB Pro Branch Warren.  

Andrew Oye's Verdict: This contest is a toss-up, with names like Grigori Atoyan, Juan Morel, Essa Obaid, and Moe Bannout predicted to possibly top the lineup. All of the competitors on the list are hungry for the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series points, because none of them have had the opportunity to step on the sough-after main stage at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, where, this year, reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath defends his title.

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