The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: WBO, UFC, NBA, NFL, NHL, IFBB PRO SPORTS BONANZA: BOXERS FLOYD MAYWEATHER, MANNY PACQUIAO, MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, OLYMPIANS RONNIE COLEMAN, JAY CUTLER, DEXTER JACKSON, ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMPS FLEX WHEELER, RICH GASPARI, BRANCH WARREN, DENNIS WOLF, IFBB PRO JUSTIN COMPTON, GUY CISTERNINO, DALLAS MCCARVER, POWERLIFTER STAN EFFERDINGThe Item:
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Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes 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 the recap of a sports-bonanza weekend with a collection of names and champs from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, National Football League, Ultimate Fighting Championships, and World Boxing Organizations and mentions of events from horse racing to the National Hockey League to the National Basketball Association.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, the NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Championships featured its highly anticipated annual lineup in of top-tier professional bodybuilders as guest posers, including: 2008 Mr. Olympia and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (who set a new record with his fifth win at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 2-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus"), 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (a.k.a. "Flexatron", and 2014 Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf. Initially, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy") had been scheduled to join the list of guest posers but cancelled his appearance, so IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino took his place on stage in Philadelphia.
Spotted at the pre-show vendor exhibition in Pittsburgh: 8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia and 5-time Arnold Classic Ms. Fitness International IFBB Pro Adela Garcia, IFBB Pro Justin Compton, 2014 Physique Olympia Champion IFBB Pro Jeremy Buendia, 2015 Arnold Classic Physique Champion IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic, IFBB Pro Brian Yersky, actor/bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn (a.k.a. "Titan" from TV's "American Gladiators").
Phil Heath also participated in a Q&A at TheFitExpo Chicago in Illinois, where appearances were also made by TaeBo fitness guru and martial artist Billy Blanks, UFC Hall of Fame MMA Fighter Tito Ortiz, and NFL Football Player Otis Wilson.
Spotted at the Europa Games Orlando 'Get Fit & Sports Expo' in Florida (where IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad won the Europa Show of Champions Orlando Pro Bodybuilding Championships): 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 4-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, 1989 Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, powerlifter and IFBB Pro Stan Efferding (winner of the 2010 IFBB "World's Strongest Bodybuilder" Powerlifting Challenge), retired IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo, and IFBB Pro Aaron Clark.
Ms. Fitness Olympia contender and 2013 Arnold Classic Ms. Fitness International, IFBB Pro Tanji Johnson guest-performed at the NPC Empire Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Spokane, Washington. IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver returned as the guest-poser at the NPC Battle on the Bluff Bodybuilding Championships in Tunica, Mississippi (an National Physique Committee event where he also guest-posed in 2013). IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle guest-posed at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Natural Classic Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
In addition to tracking the ongoing IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series leading to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"), the past weekend offered a virtual sports explosion, with a multitude of athletic or fitness-related events happening simultaneously, which kept MUSCLE INK Magazine busy with coast-to-coast media coverage. There was the MayPac Boxing "Fight of the Century" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (where Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao for the Welterweight Championships); the Kentucky Derby Festival at Churchill Downs Thoroughbred Racetrack in Louisville; several NHL Playoffs games (Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens in Wisconsin… Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago…Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden); and several NBA Playoff Games (Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets in New York…San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers in California…Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks in Georgia).
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