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

The Scoop: Just Announced: This week, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson claimed victory, winning 1st place at the inaugural IFBB Dubai Pro Bodybuilding Championships in UAE (October 1). Fresh off of a 2nd place finish ahead of 3rd place Jackson at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe just five days prior, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden garnered 2nd place in Dubai. IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar took 3rd place. The remaining field: IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (4th), IFBB Pro Juan Morel (5th), MMA fighter and Polish IFBB Pro Robert Burneika (6th), and Lebanese IFBB Pro Zaher Moukahal (7th).

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System: (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 6 Points, 3rd - 5 Points, 4th - 4 Points, 5th - 3 Points) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend to challenge reigning Mr. Olympia Phil Heath in Las Vegas. The Dubai Pro is a Tier 2 contest, i.e., one of few to award more points per placing than Tier 3 and Tier 4 contests. The IFBB Dubai Pro was part of the Dubai Fitness and Performance Classic (October 1-4). IFBB Pro Dennis James emceed the mid-week pro contest, and UAE's own IFBB Pro Essa Obaid had been listed as a guest poser at the adjoining Dubai-FPC Amateur Bodybuilding Championships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The Dubai Pro was a story of challenges (for the promoter) and triumph (for the winner). At various times, pre-contest competitors lists, promotional materials and confirmation announcements had also included Lithuanian IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas, Greek IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos, American IFBB Pro Fred Smalls, new Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, and Egyptian IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"). Elssbiay had withdrawn due to a hamstring injury that was healing even as he competed at the 50th Anniversary Olympia but was re-aggravated a week later at the Arnold Classic Europe, causing him to withdraw from that contest as well. Reportedly, promoters of the Dubai contest faced organizational issues (which included last-minute venue changes and travel arrangements) that prevented the other prospective contenders from taking the stage.

As for the ageless 45-year-old Dexter Jackson, he has further cemented his place as one of the winningest and most competitive athletes in IFBB history with 20 pro victories, including the 2008 Mr. Olympia, 2012 Masters Olympia, and four Arnold Classic titles. To date, "The Blade" has accumulated 62 Top 5 placings in 79 pro contests.

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