The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: KSW MMA FIGHTER + WSM WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN MARIUSZ PUDZIANOWSKI, IFBB PRO MR. OLYMPIA LEE HANEY, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION DENNIS WOLF, IFBB PRO WILLIAM BONAC, IFBB PRO ZACK KHAN, AMERICA'S STRONGEST MAN DIMITAR SAVATINOV, HALL OF FAME IFBB PRO SHAWN RAY, IFBB PRO ZACK KHAN, PRO STRONGMAN SEAN DEMARINIS The Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, ASC Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, Strength Sports, KSW Pro Athletes Roundup, Combat 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 a legendary record-holding strongman, a legendary Olympia Sandow trophy winner, and a new competitor that will enter the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series and aim for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding").The "So What?":
Over the weekend, legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney hosted the 1st Annual Lee Haney Physique and Fitness Games in Atlanta, Georgia, which featured a National Physique Committee NPC Bodybuilding contest for amateur physique athletes and a North American Strongman NAS Strongman contest for amateur strength athletes. In the contest for American Strongman Corporation ASC Pro athletes, reigning America's Strongest Man Dimitar Savatinov successfully defended his title, and the reigning ASM 105k Division Champion Sean DeMarinis also defended his title. Winner of the Arnold Sports Festival’s 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in both Columbus, Ohio, and Madrid, Spain, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf was the headlining guest-poser at the NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding Championships in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF) staged the Olympia Amateur United Kingdom in Liverpool -- the fourth Olympia Amateur this year (including Kuwait, Prague, and Spain), so far, and the eighth such contest in total (including Africa, Australia, Hong Kong and Moscow, along with the aforementioned locales). Some past winners include IFBB Pro Roman Fritz, IFBB Pro Iain Valliere, IFBB Pro David Hoffmann, and IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"). New IFBB Pro Abdulhadi Al-Khayat was the overall Olympia Amateur U.K. winner, earned an IFBB Pro card and qualified to compete as a professional in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. Retired IFBB Pro Shawn Ray (IFBB Hall of Fame) and retired IFBB Pro Bill Tierney (UKBFF President) hosted a seminar in Liverpool. IFBB Pro William Bonac and IFBB Pro Zack Khan were the guest-posers.
Poland's Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki KSW Federation (one of Europe's biggest mixed martial arts leagues) hosted its first international event at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England. Billed as "KSW 32: Road to Wembley," the event's headliner was 5-time WSM World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski in his first fight in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the 6-time Poland's Strongest Man Champion (a.k.a. "Pudzian") was defeated by Australia's Peter Graham (a.k.a. "The Chief"). "Graham surprised me," said the Polish powerhouse. "Once you win, sometimes you lose, but we are moving forward! Not every battle leads to the goal…Defeats are needed. Thanks to the victory more we taste. We go on!" Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Multi-sport athlete Mariusz Pudzianowski (profiled in the MUSCLE INK Magazine "Game Changers" Series and Strength+Power Series) transitioned from tossing Atlas Stones in the strength-sports arena to tossing fighters in the combat-sports cage. Even though he succumbed to a TKO over the weekend, Pudzianowski is a legendary strongman who has racked up a relatively impressive MMA record (9-4, with 2 KOs), including defeating a Jiu-Jitsu legend's son Rolles Gracie, Jr., Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Pawel Nastula and two former Ultimate Fighting Championships UFC fighters -- Oli Thompson and Sean McCorkle.
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