IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Ben White flexed his way to a 1st place victory in the Open Division at the IFBB Tampa Bay Pro Bodybuilding Championships. At 5'8" and about 250 lbs., White used his mass to out-muscle a ripped and newly Mohawked IFBB Pro Troy Alves. At 5'8" and about 220 lbs., Alves took 2nd place, using his aesthetics to out-balance IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson. At 5'8" and 240 lbs., Jackson had the size to land in the 3rd place spot over the rest of the competitors. IFBB Pro Ed Nunn took 4th place and Greek IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos occupied 5th place.
The remaining field: IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (6th), IFBB
Pro Hidetada Yamagishi (7th), IFBB Pro Francisco Bautista (8th), IFBB
Pro Michael Liberatore (9th), IFBB Pro Darrem Charles (10th), IFBB Pro
(11th), IFBB Pro Omar Deckard (13th), IFBB Pro Manuel Romero (14th),
IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo (15th), and non-planing IFBB Pro Heinz Senior,
IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli, IFBB Pro
Serdar Aktolga, IFBB Pro Vonne Francis, IFBB Pro Oleg Emelyanov, IFBB
Pro Damaso Chacon, IFBB Pro Mark Antonek, IFBB Pro Greg Ulysses.
The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top-3 placing IFBB
Pro League athletes earn qualifications to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia
Weekend in September to face reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay
Cutler in Las Vegas, Nevada. IFBB Pro Dennis James won the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships. Ben White earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Super-Heavyweight Class and Overall title at the 2007 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships. The 2010 Tampa Pro marks White's first win in a pro
bodybuilding contest. (Jackson placed 12th at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in March.)
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The Tampa Pro Championships was a "rematch" of sorts between Ben White and Johnnie Jackson -- this time,
back on their bodybuilding turf. Maybe White took a little extra satisfaction in realizing his first pro victory came at the expense of Jackson -- a fellow powerlifter and his rival in the World's Strongest Bodybuilder Powerlifting Challenge at the 2009 Olympia Expo, where Jackson defeated White in the strength contest.
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