The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO CEDRIC MCMILLAN WINS GOLDEN STATE PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, EARNS FOURTH IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER VICTORY IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIAThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan won the Open Division at the 2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento, California. IFBB Pro Manuel Romero jumped one spot from last year to take 2nd place in the lineup this year. IFBB Pro S. Havlik took 3rd place. Polish powerlifter/IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz was the 4th place finisher. IFBB Pro Jon Andersen finished in 5th place among the group.
The remaining field of physiques: rising six spots from last year IFBB Pro Kenneth Jackson (6th), slipping two spots IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo (7th), IFBB Pro Kevin Jordan (8th), IFBB Pro Brad Rowe (9th), IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan (10th), falling five spots IFBB Pro An Nguyen (11th), IFBB Pro Adorthus Cherry (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 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. The Golden State Championships premiered as a new IFBB Pro League contest last year (dubbed Golden State Grand Prix), and the event was won by IFBB Pro William Bonac (who did not return to defend the title). This year's contest marked the fourth professional victory for Cedric McMillan. A triple-threat competitor who is also a pro wrestler and pro strongman, Jon Andersen – who earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Super-Heavyweight Class and the Overall 35+ titles at the 2014 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships -- made his professional bodybuilding debut. There are only two more Open-Division contests before the Olympia – Texas Pro Championships and Atlantic City Pro Championships -- offering the last chances to qualify (or to gain enough points) for a chance to compete in the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding."Andrew Oye's Verdict:
It seems U.S. Army Sergeant Cedric McMillan is at a pivotal juncture in his career. The 6'1", 260-pounder was touted as a "next big thing" when he won the 2009 NPC National Championships and stepped on the pro scene of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. In recent years, his physique aesthetics and classic posing have even been praised by "Governator" and 7-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, McMillan has yet to win any of the Arnold Sports Festival's franchises of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (although he was highly favored to win the inaugural Arnold Classic Brasil, won by IFBB Pro Brandon Curry in 2013).
Thus far, his time as a contender on the Mr. Olympia stage has only yielded a 12th place finish in 2013. While he is certainly still respected, McMillan has outgrown the phase where pundits can gush about a youngster's "potential" to build the kind of resume many of us thought he would have built by now. The 38-year-old is approaching the mid-point of a path where a three-alarm fire is required for a competitor to shine before coasting into the twilight of a pro-bodybuilding career. In a month, we'll see if he strikes a match in the matchup against Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, and the other Olympia contenders.
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