The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC 212-DIVISION CHAMPION IFBB PRO JOSE RAYMOND WOWS IN OPEN DIVISION AND IFBB PRO CHARLES DIXON WINS 212 CLASS AT EUROPA GAMES PHOENIX PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, IFBB PRO LEAGUE'S LAST LIGHTWEIGHT CLASS CONTEST OF THE YEARThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, usually a 212 Division competitor, took a shot in the Open Division and made a surprising 2nd place finish at the Europa Games 2014 IFBB Phoenix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Arizona. Some of the remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Kenneth Jackson (3rd), IFBB Pro Moe Bannout (4th), IFBB Pro Vitaly Fateev (5th), IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (6th), rookie IFBB Pro Milan Sadek (7th), IFBB Pro Rafael Jaramillo (8th), IFBB Pro Lloyd Dollar (9th), IFBB Pro Dusty Hanshaw (10th), and IFBB Pro Juan Carlos Graham (12th).
Meanwhile, the most action was in the actual 212 Division contest, where whopping 24 contenders took the stage. IFBB Pro Charles Dixon claimed a 1st place victory at the Phoenix Pro. Some of the remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino (2nd), rookie IFBB Pro Mitch Staats (3rd), IFBB Pro Tristen Escolastico (4th), IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale (5th), IFBB Pro Zane Watson (6th), IFBB Pro Bola Ojex (7th), IFBB Pro Caleb Blanchard (8th), IFBB Pro Milton Martinez (9th), IFBB Pro Wendell Floyd (10th), IFBB Pro Mike Lynds (11th), IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle (13th), IFBB Pro Jose Bustamante (14th), IFBB Pro Chris Darby (15th), IFBB Pro Walter Martin (16th), and 17th place finishers -- IFBB Pro Pedro Barron, IFBB Pro Rafael Cabrera, IFBB Pro Janos Kubik, IFBB Pro Charles Lyons, IFBB Pro Erik Martinez, IFBB Pro Damion Ricketts, IFBB Pro Martae Ruelas, IFBB Pro Luis Santa, and IFBB Pro Rixio Tapia.The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") to face reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath in the Open Division, or to challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis in the 212 Division. Last year's winners of the Phoenix Pro were IFBB Pro Moe Bannout in the Open Division contest (first win of his professional bodybuilding career) and Jose Raymond in the 212-Division contest (seventh pro victory of his career). This year in Arizona, Charles Dixon earned his third professional win. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
At the Phoenix Pro, the jump in contestant numbers is no doubt due to the fact that it was the final contest (i.e., the last chance to collect Olympia qualification points) for 212-Class competitors for the 2015 calendar year. (Whereas, Open-Division competitors still have three more contests this year – a show in Florida, the San Marino Pro in Italy, and the IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno Legacy in California). The takeaway message for the weekend? The larger competitors in the Open-Division of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness need to stay on the toes (and biceps and quads and everything else). Not only did Jose Raymond (who won the Arnold Sports Festival's second ever 212-Class contest at the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Ohio earlier this year) beat the big firefighter/paramedic Steve Kuclo (2014 Arnold Classic Brasil Champ) in Arizona, also over the weekend, former 212-Division competitor IFBB Pro William Bonac won the Open-Division at the Nordic Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Lahti, Finland, defeating big IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, statuesque IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, and huge IFBB Pro Alex Fedorov.
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