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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 Jose Raymond was named the winner of the 202 Division at the IFBB Tampa Bay Pro Bodybuilding Championships. A super-thick Raymond took 1st place, while Hungarian IFBB Pro Steve Namat placed 2nd, displaying classic shape and a great set of wheels (a.k.a., legs -- quads and calves). Moving into the 3rd place slot was the ever-entertaining IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson. The remaining field: IFBB Pro Nathan Wonsley, former National Football League NFL Pro football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th), IFBB Pro Luc Molines (5th), IFBB Pro Clarence De Vis (6th), IFBB Pro Abiu Feliz (7th), IFBB Pro Frederic Sauvage (8th), IFBB Pro Angel Rangel Vargas (9th), IFBB Pro Noar Ziv (10th), IFBB Pro Daryl Stafford (11th).

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 Olympia 202 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English in Las Vegas. The win at the IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships marks Raymond's third Top 3 placing for the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest season. Three months ago in Florida, ex-footballer Nate Wonsley took his chances in the Open Division at the Orlando Pro Show of Champions, where he placed last behind winner IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi (a month after Yamaighi's 8th place finish at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships). IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa won the 202 Class in Orlando, where Raymond placed 3rd.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: A few weeks prior to the contest, Jose Raymond himself commented on the benefit of having some top 202 competitors absent from the Tampa lineup, writing, "This will be the most exciting 202 to date, since there are no real big names in it, i.e., Kevin English, David Henry, Eduardo Correa. This show is the best of the rest, to see who deserves to be mentioned alongside those big names." Surely Raymond's glory as the "best of the rest" is twice as sweet because it silenced his buddy Tricky Jackson's pre-show smack talking. The friends and radio co-hosts will have to settle the score again at the Olympia Expo in Vegas (where IFBB Pro Jay Cutler competes for his fourth Mr. Olympia title and Sandow trophy).

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