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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, France-born IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke led the lineup to win 1st place at the 2012 IFBB FLEX Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Santa Monica, California. Canadian IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski was the runner-up in 2nd place. Taking 3rd place was fellow Canadian IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad. From Jamaica, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden finished in 4th place, and Brazilian IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa finished in 5th place. 

Some of the remaining field: IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan (6th), IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale (7th), IFBB Pro Vladimir Sizov (8th), IFBB Pro Omar Deckard (10th), IFBB Pro DeShaun Grimez (11th), powerlifter and IFBB Pro Stan Efferding (12th), IFBB Pro Lionel Brown (13th), IFBB Pro Oleg Emelianov (14th), IFBB Pro Rus Jeffers (15th), followed by IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo and IFBB Pro Mehmet Yildrim.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the new IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (retroactively applied, per the IFBB Pro League's March 2012 announcement: 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 in Las Vegas, where reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath defends the title that he took from 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler. This FLEX Pro competition is Lionel Beyeke's first professional bodybuilding contest victory. It was also the first contest to apply the new IFBB Pro League rule to qualify only the 1st place athlete to compete at the Olympia (September 29), versus past contests that would qualify the Top 3 finishers.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Lionel Beyeke's mass and impressive shape pushed him above the remaining field, including Eduard Correa who made his Open-Division debut with sharp conditioning. Post-contest reviews had many debating, yet again, the importance of mass versus conditioning in selecting contest winners. Theoretically, since the beginning of physique competition, contest placings were supposed to be determined by the best combo of both, along with shape and symmetry. Who truly knows if this is the case anymore? And which attribute trumps the other in modern professional bodybuilding? Are the sport's highest titles like the Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Champion still setting the standard?

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