|2012 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Contest Report
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The 2012 New York Pro was a great show and showed why the New York Pro is the fourth greatest bodybuilding contest in the world after the Mr. Olympia contest, Arnold Classic, and Ironman Pro Bodybuilding contests.
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2012 New York Pro - RESULTS!
WINNER: CEDRIC MCMILLAN *
2. Johnnie Jackson
3. Steve Kuclo
4. Juan Morel
5. Jonathan Delarosa
6. Vaughan Ettienne
7. Tomas Bures
8. Mohammed Touri
9. Jeff Long
10. Sean Allan
11. Wendell Floyd
*Note: The winner [Cedric McMillan] qualifies for 2012 Mr. Olympia contest.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each bodybuilder:
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1st: Cedric McMillan
Cedric McMillan was the clear winner of this contest. I have no doubt that this was a well-deserved win and I would in no way dispute it. I have also not read anything online that had anyone else winning this contest. In addition to the fact that Cedric is very tall, he is huge and at this contest, brought amazing conditioning to the table. This was the best Cedric has ever looked. He was big and hard and round and had no glaring weak points. I am very happy that Cedric won this show and look forward to seeing him at the 2012 Mr. Olympia contest in Las Vegas this September.
2nd: Johnnie Jackson
Johnnie is currently 41 years old and is still looking very good. Bob Cicherillo made the point that some bodybuilders get worse from one contest to the next during the course of the competitive year but that with Johnnie it is the opposite and that he gets better from one show to the next. Although he looked great at this contest, I don't think he was any competition for Cedric whose legs were much bigger. For such a strong bodybuilder, Johnnie does not have particularly large legs and that weakness was made all the more visible when standing next to a bodybuilder like Cedric who is over five inches taller than Johnnie and who has bigger legs. Johnnie had a huge upper body and was in great condition but was no match for Cedric. With that said, I'm sure he is quite pleased with 2nd place and at age 41, he does not appear to be slowing down in any significant way.
3rd: Steve Kuclo
I had talked to Steve in Orlando at the Europa Sports Festival and he told me that he was going for the W [win] at this contest. With the way he was looking, I thought that it was definitely a possibility but I did not predict Cedric would show up at this contest looking as he did. As I said above, I'm fairly certain that everyone had Cedric winning the show, but some people - including Bob Cichcerillo - would have been fine with Steve Kuclo placing 2nd at this contest. I personally felt that Steve could have been in 2nd as well. Steve was in good condition at this show but I expected him to look a bit harder still, based on how he looked when I saw him in Orlando, Florida. It's as if he peaked a little early and tried to maintain his condition but did so for too long and was not as hard at this contest as a result of that. With that said, he got a little harder between the time of the prejudging and the night show but he still did not improve enough to beat Cedric who was both bigger and harder. Had Steve been a little harder it would have been a closer show, but Cedric has definitely proven to be a threat at this point and will be difficult competition in any future contest. As for Johnnie Jackson, I think he looked very good, but Steve's legs were a lot bigger and in better condition and therefore, I would have probably placed Steve in 2nd. 3rd place was not so bad, but 2nd would not have been out of the question. Steve is 15 years younger than Johnnie at the young age of 26 and has many years ahead of him. He will do quite well and don't be surprised if he qualifies for the Mr. Olympia contest this year.
4th: Juan Morel
Juan Morel is a bodybuilder with a great deal of potential and I am sure that we will see more and more of him as time goes on. He has a great frame for bodybuilding if he fills it out right and nails his conditioning and he did look quite good at this show, but had some stiff competition which relegated him to 4th place. He has a great structure for bodybuilding and has the X-frame that is desired in bodybuilding. With Juan it will just be a matter of conditioning in order to do well at shows. I think being flat is a little more damaging than being spilled over or too full at shows. If Juan comes in flat, the size of his frame becomes clear and he looks a little stringy. If he comes in full, it really highlights his great structure and puts him ahead of much of the competition.
5th: Jonathan Delarosa
Jonathan Delarosa is another bodybuilder who we will most likely be hearing more about in the time to come. Jonathan looked very good at this contest and to be honest, I think one small detail - volume of oil applied to his body - would have made a difference. I think that his colour was right and he was tight and hard, but could have used a touch more oil. I could be wrong about that, but looking at his legs, the oil seemed to be right and that highlighted his conditioning, but for some of his upper body poses such as the most muscular, it looked as if he could have a little more. It may just be that his legs were in better condition though. With that said, I don't have much advice for Jonathan except to continue to do what he is already doing, because it is working quite well.
6th: Vaughan Ettienne
Vaughan Ettienne is a bodybuilder who I admittedly had not heard of before this contest. After reviewing his photos, I think he looks great. He has a good structure for bodybuilding and does not appear to be injured in any way. There is not any particular area that I can point to and say that Vaughan needs to improve on, I think he placed 6th simply because the five bodybuilders who beat him were at such a high level. Some bodybuilders can do everything right and still not win because the competition is just that steep. Vaughan looked great and I think that eventually he can qualify for the Mr. Olympia contest.
7th: Tomas Bures
Tomas Bures was another bodybuilder who I had not heard about before this contest. I think his oil and colour were both excellent at this show and highlighted his conditioning which was quite good. I think that Tomas has room on his frame to fill up more which is something that he will have to do if he wishes to continue to improve in the pro ranks. While Tomas' waist is a little big, he is huge all around. I only made the point to say that he should fill up more because of the depth of competition which is ahead of him. Otherwise, he is huge. To place 7th at one of the biggest bodybuilding shows in the IFBB is no small feat and I am sure that Tomas will continue to make improvements.
8th: Mohammed Touri
Mohammed Touri is huge and was in good condition at this contest. He is another bodybuilder who has a somewhat large waist and if his waist was a little smaller, perhaps he would place higher. He is definitely a big man and at this point in his career, I would imagine all he has to do at this point is make refinements to his physique and he will continue to improve in the IFBB professional ranks.
9th: Jeff Long
Jeff is a great bodybuilder and is very young, but he simply came in off at this show and was relegated to 9th place as a result. While making the top 10 at one of the most competitive pro shows in bodybuilding is not a bad accomplishment, he could have done much better had his conditioning been better. He was notably off at this contest and had he been more cut, he could have placed in the top five or higher. With that said, he was still huge and that is worth noting. His calves and lower body were not as off as his upper body and I am quite confident that Jeff can show up in better condition for a later show in the year. Keep in mind that Jeff is young of the biggest bodybuilders as well as one of the youngest. He is not injured and simply showed up a little bit off. There is no reason why he can't make some adjustments and place higher in a future show this year.
10th: Sean Allan
Sean Allan turned pro by winning the 2011 IFBB North American Championships in the Master's class. He is a huge bodybuilder who is around 6'3"-6'4" in height and is of course one of the biggest bodybuilders on stage. When looking at some of Sean's photos, I felt that he could have used more oil although that may have just been a conditioning issue. He is also so tall that it will make it very hard for him to be competitive against bodybuilders who are shorter than him. Sean is a freak for sure and I think he will do well in the pro ranks - as this contest proved he can - but he will have a hard time competing against bodybuilders whose shorter stature makes it easier to display the thickness needed for professional bodybuilding contests. Still, for 41 years old Sean is looking very good and I think he will do well at future contests.
11th: Wendell Floyd
Wendell Floyd was another bodybuilder who I had not heard of before this contest. I think he had some definite strong points such as his back, but will need to add size to his upper body from the front in order to be competitive. It will just be the addition of gradual size and improvements that sees Wendell improve in the pro ranks.
The 212 class was one that was rife with controversy on some of the message boards over Kevin English's win, described below:
Winner: Kevin English
Kevin English has been a very successul 212 class pro at this point but in recent times has been criticized for beating some competitors which have been said to be better than him - at least at the particular contests that he beat them. A recent example would be Flex Lewis at the 2011 Mr. Olympia contest. Kevin is huge - especially in the front poses - but has had difficulty posing his back which has looked smaller than ever in recent contests. As a result, people have felt that Kevin should have been 2nd place at the Olympia and again here - at least based on comments on some of the message boards on the internet.
2nd: Sami Ebrahim Ali Al Haddad
Some said that Sami was either the rightful winner of this contest or that he could have been switched with Kevin English with no major complaints. Sami looked amazing as he was both big and in condition. Additionally, he has a very pleasant looking structure for bodybuilding with nice round muscles. I personally felt that he looked better than Kevin although Kevin is not exactly small himself. Bodybuilding is subjective so it's not easy to judge contests and not all contests have clear winners as was the case with Cedric McMillan in the open class. As a result, some contests will be debated as is the case with the 212 class at this year's New York Pro. In any case, I am quite confident that Sami will be Olympia-bound with his physique.
2nd: Jose Raymond
I saw Jose Raymond in Orlando at the Europa Sports Festival and he was looking huge and ripped. He came into this contest looking the same in my opinion although Dave Palumbo said that he could have been leaner. I personally feel that he is the type of bodybuilder who gets held to the standard that he creates for himself by coming in a bit off but still leaner than everyone else but being judged based on his own previous showings. I think bodybuilders should be - as best as possible - held to objective standards and not compared to past performances. I thought Jose looked very good and was happy to see him place in the top three.
The New York Pro is always one of the best bodybuilding contests of the year. Historically the New York Pro [2004 and prior, "The Night of Champions"] was always considered to be a high caliber show up there in the same league as the Ironman Pro but not quite at the same level as the Arnold Classic and of course the Mr. Olympia contest. The contest is also one that attracts some of the biggest freaks in the world of bodybuilding and is said to be a contest where bigger bodybuilders are more well-received and fare better [as opposed to bodybuilders who are more conditioned but smaller]. This contest was no exception and we saw Cedric McMillan win the show who was absolutely huge. It is worth noting that Cedric was also in great condition though so it was not simply a matter of mass. I was very impressed with Cedric and felt that he rightfully won the show - in fact, I have yet to see anyone who disagrees with that. I believe that Steve Kuclo could have traded places with Johnnie Jackson and been put in 2nd but Steve was a little off at this show. When I saw Steve in Florida I felt that he was slated to show up in New York a bit more ripped than he was - and to his credit he did get harder from the time of prejudging to the night show - but he still looked good enough to place in the top three.
The 212 class at this show was slightly more controversial for the reason that Kevin English got straight firsts from the judges despite some having Sami Ebrahim Ali Al Haddad ahead of him. I don't understand how Kevin got straight firsts from the judges while Cedric McMillan did not as Cedric was far ahead of the competition and the same cannot be said of Kevin.
Overall this was a very high caliber contest and I look forward to seeing the champions compete at the Mr. Olympia contest this September in Las Vegas and I look forward to the 2012 New York Pro as well.
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