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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, new IFBB Pro Essa Obaid was victorious at the 2010 Europa SuperShow in Dallas, Texas. At 5'8" and 250 lbs., Obaid was in great condition with enough detail on his frame to grab 1st place in the Open Division. In his pro debut, IFBB Pro Mark Alvisi, at 5'9" and about 230 lbs., took the 2nd place spot. Big IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore, who placed 2nd at this show last year, slipped a spot to 3rd place this year at 5'10" and 250 lbs. 

The remaining field: IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan (4th), IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos (5th), IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan (6th), IFBB Pro Markus Ruhl (7th), IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (8th), IFBB Pro Leo Ingram (9th), IFBB Pro Joel Stubbs (10th), IFBB Pro Marc Lavoie (11th), IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo (12th), IFBB Pro Alfonso Delrio (13th), IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli (14th), IFBB Pro  Emmanouil Karamanlakis (15th), and IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (16th). 
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. Essa Ibrahim Hassan-Obaid from the United Arab Emirates earned his IFBB Pro card after winning was the Super-Heavyweight Class and Overall title at the 2010 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival. The Dallas victory for Obaid marked the rare feat of an athlete winning a competition at his pro-bodybuilding debut. Veteran IFBB Pro Dennis James won the SuperShow Dallas Pro Bodybuilding Championships last year.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The Open Division results set off a storm of discord among bodybuilding fans and watchers who disagree with Mark Alvisi's placing over Bill Wilmore and especially pre-show favorite Cedric McMillan. While McMillan himself admitted his condition in his pro debut could have been sharper, many felt both he and Wilmore significantly out-muscled Alvisi. While this is not the first controversial contest result of the year (another occurred at the Europa Battle of Champions in the 202 Class, involving IFBB Pro Jose Raymond vs. IFBB Pro David Henry), the difference here is that critics are calling foul not only on physical discrepancies but "political" ones as well (whatever that means). Sometimes, these placings impact momentum (if only perception-wise) at the larger events like the Olympia and the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. 

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