The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S WSM+IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: STRONGMAN + MMA FIGHTER MARIUSZ PUDZIANOWSKI, MR. OLYMPIA DEXTER JACKSON, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION BRANDON CURRY, IFBB PRO CEDRIC MCMILLAN, IFBB PRO BEN PAKULSKI, IFBB PRO GUY CISTERNINO, IFBB PRO ERIK RAMIREZ, IFBB PRO FRED SMALLS, IFBB PRO CHARLES DIXONThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Al Auguste won 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2015 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Florida. IFBB Pro Alejandro Cambronero went from making his debut at this contest and not placing last year to 2nd place runner-up this year. A 2015 NPC Team Universe Masters Champion and rookie IFBB Pro John Meadows claimed 3rd place. IFBB Pro Alison Maria took 4th place. IFBB Pro Wendell Floyd finished in the 5th position in the lineup, rising three spots from last year.
Some of the remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Angel Rangel Vargas (6th), IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco Jimenez (7th), IFBB Pro Mboya Edwards (8th), IFBB Pro Willie Vegas (9th), up one spot from last year -- IFBB Pro Milton Martinez (10th), IFBB Pro Leonardo Pacheco (11th), and brother of IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar -- IFBB Pro Quincy Winklaar (12th).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 (September 17-20) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi (who placed 2nd to IFBB Pro Jose Raymond at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2015 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships) won the 212 Division at the Tampa Pro last year but did not return to defend the title this year. Al Auguste hadn't competed in nearly two years before nabbing the victory in Tampa, logging his fifth win since entering the professional ranks of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Residing in Orlando, luckily Al Auguste didn't need to travel far for his comeback to the competitive stage. August earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Light-Heavyweight Class at the 2010 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships (where Super-Heavyweight and now IFBB Pro Jason Huh won the Overall Mr. USA title). Auguste then burst onto the scene, winning his pro debut at the 2011 Tampa Pro Championships. He went on to dominate in 2012, winning every non-Olympia contest he entered. After a disappointing 11th place finish (among 12 contestants) at the 2013 Olympia, he took a hiatus from the circuit. Yet, it is serendipitous that the once dominant contender returned to win the same contest that launched his pro career and, in turn, earned a chance to redeem himself at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" in a lineup with Jose Raymond, Hide Yamagishi, IFBB Pro David Henry, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino, IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa, IFBB Pro Charles Dixon, and more.
Unfortunately, for Quincy Winklaar, unless he enters and wins this season's final 212 Division Olympia qualifier (Texas Pro, August 22), it doesn't appear that he'll compete in Vegas -- unlike his sibling Roelly Winklaar, who has already qualified to compete in the Open Division’s Mr. Olympia contest against IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), and others.
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