The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT + PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: IFBB PRO DARREM CHARLES, MR. OLYMPIA JAY CUTLER, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION DEXTER JACKSON, IFBB PRO FLEX LEWIS, IFBB PRO DENNIS WOLF, IFBB PRO RICH GASPARI, IFBB PRO FRED SMALLS, IFBB PRO DALLAS MCCARVER, IFBB PRO ANTHONEIL CHAMPAGNIE, WSM STRONGMAN BILL KAZMAIER, PLUS IFBB PRO WILLIAM BONAC WINS IN FLORIDAThe Item:
Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, Strength SportsThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and pros from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes some Olympia titleholders who have won their titles for a fourth time; pros promoting their amateur contests for either the first time or fifth time; and a retired pro who made a comeback on a stage in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness for the first time in a not-so-long time— as a performer not a competitor.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler held a meet-and-greet appearance at the NPC Central States Bodybuilding Championships in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Meanwhile, 4-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis was the featured guest-poser at the NPC New York State Grand Prix Championships in Poughkeepsie, New York, where Hall of Fame IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Anthoneil Champagnie, and IFBB Pro Nick Trigili were also in attendance. IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (2014 Arnold Classic USA and Arnold Classic Europe Champion) was the headlining guest-poser at the NPC Crystal Cup in Anchorage, Alaska, where 3-time WSM World's Strongest Man Bill Kazmaier (a champion powerlifter and former pro wrestler) emceed the NAS Strongest Man contest at the Alaska Fitness Expo.
IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson (2009 "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge winner) hosted the 1st Annual NPC Johnnie O. Jackson Classic Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, where the guest-poser was IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (2007 Arnold Classic USA Champion and the 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Champion). The 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (2015 Arnold Classic Europe Champion, 2015 Arnold Classic Australia Champion, and record-holding 5-time winner of the Arnold Classic USA) hosted the 5th Annual NPC Dexter Jackson Memphis Classic in Tennessee, where the man himself guest-posed along with IFBB Pro Fred Smalls. Memphis' own IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver was also in attendance.
IFBB Pro Darrem Charles was the featured guest-poser at the Cadeau Classic Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Coral Springs, Florida, where IFBB Pro William Bonac won 1st place in the Open-Division contest. Some of the remaining field: IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel (3rd), IFBB Pro Rafael Jaramillo (4th), IFBB Pro Kenneth Jackson (5th), 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil Champion IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (6th), IFBB Pro Lloyd Dollar (7th), IFBB Pro Gian Enrico Pica (8th), and IFBB Pro Timo Honkala (9th). The IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd -- 4 Points, 3rd -- 3 Points, 4th -- 2 Points, 5th -- 1 Point) applies to eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") and face Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Good to see Darrem Charles, a retired veteran originally from Trinidad, back on the stage, because the Florida resident and car enthusiast was known for his physique aesthetics and entertaining posing style during his competitive pro bodybuilding days (as noted in my "Art of War" Series). Only a little more than two years ago, Charles' last contest saw him take 9th place at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2013 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (won by Dexter Jackson). Between 1992 and 2013, his resume included nine 1st place victories and 10 times as an Olympia contender.
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