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

The Scoop: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Ed Nunn battled his way to a victory at the 2010 Europa Battle of Champions in Hartford, Connecticut. Nunn was ripped and balanced, which resulted in his 1st place finish in the Open Division. Right behind Nunn was 2nd place finisher IFBB Pro Troy Alves, who, at 5'8" and 220 lbs, was just as ripped but seems to be losing some fullness from years past. Following Alves was 5'8", 250-pound IFBB Pro Ben White who landed in the 3rd place. IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos finished in 4th place, and IFBB Pro Leo Ingram took 5th place.

Some picks from the remaining field: 2009 World's Strongest Bodybuilder Powerlifting Challenge winner IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (6th), IFBB Pro George Farah (7th), IFBB Pro Michael Liberatore (8th), IFBB Pro Darrem Charles (9th), IFBB Pro Jeff Long (11th), IFBB Pro Gregory Ulysse (12th), IFBB Pro Erik Fankhouser (13th), IFBB Pro Alexandre Nataf (14th), IFBB Pro Oscar Dexter (15th), and non-placing, IFBB Pro Oleg Emelyanov, IFBB Pro Damaso Chacon and IFBB Pro Serdar Aktolga.

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 challenge reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ed Nunn earned his IFBB Pro card at the 2008 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships. The victory at the Hartford Pro Bodybuilding Championships marks Nunn's first win in an IFBB professional bodybuilding contest. Only a week prior, White had finished in 1st place over Alves at the IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships, while Nunn placed 4th at that contest.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: At 6'1" and about 230 lbs., Ed Nunn joins the X-Frame Club (led by veteran IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, who placed 5th at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2010 Arnold Classic) along with a contingent of new IFBB Pro League athletes rocking big, yet aesthetic, physiques punctuated by tight waistlines. This club includes rookies IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan and IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden. When members of this club start winning Mr. Olympia titles, we'll see a return to the classic physique that launched the sport in the golden days that birthed Mr. Olympa titleholders IFBB Pro Larry Scott, IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, IFBB Pro Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger and IFBB Pro Lee Haney.

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