The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MMA FIGHTER + IFBB PRO ROBERT BURNEIKA, MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION KEVIN LEVRONE, IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO JON DELAROSA, IFBB PRO KEVIN JORDAN, IFBB PRO BRANDEN RAY, IFBB PRO CODY MONTGOMERY, IFBB PRO MITCH STAATS, 'AMERICAN GLADIATOR' MIKE O'HEARNThe Item:
Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, Combat Sports, Pro SeminarThe 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 a muscular mixed-martial-arts fighter, a former on-screen gladiator, a Hall of Famer in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, and some newbies who will soon debut in IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, MMA fighter and IFBB Pro Robert Burneika launched his 1st Annual Burneika Sports Classic Championships, a Bodybuilding and Fitness International Tournament in Marijampole, Lithuania. Powerlifter and bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn (a.k.a. "Titan" from TV's "American Gladiators") performed at a guest-posing gig at the NPC Washington Ironman Bodybuilding Championships in Bothell, Washington, where he also hosted a training workshop. Two-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") announced guest appearance in Utah, a week ahead of his upcoming Branch Warren Championships.
IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, IFBB Pro Kevin Jordan, IFBB Pro Branden Ray, rookie IFBB Pro Mitch Staats (2015 IFBB North American Champ), and rookie IFBB Pro Cody Montgomery (2015 NPC Mr. USA) guest posed at the 2nd Annual Muscle Fest in Saint Charles, Missouri, an event where proceeds benefited a cancer fund. Montgomery said, "I had a great time…with great people, an awesome crowd and all for a great cause. It was a very humbling experience to do my first guest-posing as an IFBB Pro. Surreal, to say the least, and I am very grateful for the opportunity."
IFBB Pro Fred Smalls and IFBB Pro Nick Trigili were guest posers at the NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championships in New York. IFBB Pro Jojo Ntiforo guest-posed at the NPC Iron House Classic Bodybuilding Championships in McAllen, Texas. IFBB Pro Tristen Escolastico guest-posed at the NPC Big Cat Classic Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Robert Burneika has stayed close to home with his many appearances at various MMA, boxing, fitness and entertainment events in places like Lithuania and Poland. The last time the huge, multi-sport athlete competed in the USA was at the 2011 New York Pro (5th place) and 2011 Olympia (where did not place). After that, he competed at the 2013 Prague Pro Championships (where did not place), 2014 Dubai Open (6th place), and 2014 Nordic Pro in Finland (7th place). Why travel overseas when there's so much keeping him busy on his continent?
There was a lot of fitness-industry action in Europe over the weekend. Two weeks after earning his fifth Sandow trophy at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"), 5-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath hosted a seminar with IFBB Hall of Fame member, 2-time Arnold Classic Champion and retired IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone at the Prague Pro Championships billed as "Europe's Grandest Festival of Bodybuilding and Fitness" (where 2008 Mr. Olympia and 5-time Arnold Classic USA Champion IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson defeated "Big Ramy" IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay in the Prague Pro Open Division – a week after winning the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Madrid, Spain; IFBB Pro Jose Raymond won the Prague Pro 212 Division; and new IFBB Pro Petar Klancir earned his IFBB Pro card at the Olympia Amateur Europe in the Czech Republic).
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