The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S UFC+IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA RONNIE COLEMAN, MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPION IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO STEVE KUCLO, IFBB PRO FLEX LEWIS, IFBB PRO JON DELAROSA, IFBB PRO JUSTIN COMPTON, IFBB PRO JOSE RAYMOND, IFBB PRO RICH GASPARI, MMA FIGHTER URIJAH FABERThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, UFC Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
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 several champions of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness that are also National Physique Committee contest promoters, and a mixed martial artist who is a former WEC World Extreme Cagefighting World Featherweight champion.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, the 3-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis hosted the 5th Annual NPC Flex Lewis Classic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Champion and 8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia contender, IFBB Pro Tanji Johnson hosted the NPC Tanji Johnson Classic Championships in Olympia, Washington. A 5-time Olympia contender, IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore hosted the NPC Bill Wilmore Classic Championships in Hollywood, Florida. The 2015 Arnold Classic 212 Division Champion IFBB Pro Jose Raymond guest-posed at the UKBFF North Championships in the United Kingdom.
Several athletes made appearances at the Europa Games Expo in Texas (where IFBB Pro Fred Smalls won the Open Division and IFBB Pro Kyung Won Kang won the 212 Division at the Dallas Pro Championships), including: legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, paramedic/firefighter and 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil Champion IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, 1989 Arnold Classic USA Champion IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, 2014 Physique Olympia Champion IFBB Pro Jeremy Buendia, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo, IFBB Pro Aaron Clark, and UFC Ultimate Fighting Championships MMA Fighter Urijah Faber.
The 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Bodybuilding Champion and 9-time Olympia contender, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez guest-posed at Flex Lewis' event, where IFBB Pro Amanda Latona was the guest emcee and 2-time Ms. Bikini Olympia IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser made an appearance. IFBB Pro Justin Compton guest-posed at the IFBB/NPC Greater Gulf States Bodybuilding Championships in Metairie, Louisiana. The 8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia Champion, IFBB Pro Adela Garcia participated in a meet-and-greet at the NPC Maryland State Championships. A 2-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Branch Warren guest-posed at NPC Garden State Championships in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Branch Warren's packed schedule will likely get busier prepping for the 2015 Olympia Championships. This past weekend, Warren made an appearance at the Europa Super Show expo in his home state of Texas before jetting to his guest-posing gig in New Jersey the following day. Next month, he'll host the NPC Branch Warren Classic Championships. A competitor at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend seven times between 2005 and 2014, "Quadrasaurus," is usually qualified by this time via a current-year circuit-contest win or via a high placing at the previous year's Olympia. Although Warren has yet to win a circuit contest this season and there are just six IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests before September, he sits near the top of the points-based leaderboard. This might be the first year since the inception of the tally system that the veteran competitor relies on points to buy his ticket to the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" to challenge Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel (a.k.a. "The Rock”), and the remaning contenders.
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