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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, IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony mustered a victory in the Open Division at the 2010 IFBB Phoenix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Mesa, Arizona. The 5'8", 242-pound posing showman delivered full, well-conditioned shape to leap into the 1st place spot. Finishing in 2nd place at 5'5" and 220 lbs. was a super-dry and separated IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, who surprisingly flexed his way past bigger athletes. The pre-show odds-on favorite, 6'2", 290-pound IFBB Pro Toney Freeman landed in 3rd place. While not at his sharpest, he still displays top-level density and presence. IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan took 4th place, and IFBB Pro Tory Alves took 5th place.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top 3 finishers in the Open Division qualify to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas and face reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler for the title. The inaugural Phoenix Pro Championships kicked-off the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest season, and many were pulling for local athlete Troy Alves to take the win. Melvin Anthony's win comes after his sports-nutrition sponsorship contract ended.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Since the competition at next month's Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic will be even tougher, Toney Freeman must reacquaint himself with his 100-perecent-level physique if he is to retain (or regain?) his rep as a mass-and-aesthetics combo athlete. Meanwhile, Melvin Anthony might prepare for new supplement-company sponsors to come knocking. Lastly, IFBB Pro Mike Liberatore made his pro debut, landing in 14th place and placing above IFBB Pro League athletes who are both powerlifters that earned IFBB Pro cards at the NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships (in 2007 and 2009, respectively) -- IFBB Pro Andy Haman and IFBB Pro Stan Efferding.

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