David Robson's 2010 Australia Pro Grand Prix Preview!

At this weekend's Australian Pro the top contenders, Dexter, Kai and Melvin, will need to be significantly off to drop from the top three. However, pro bodybuilding wouldn't be pro bodybuilding without a surprise or two. Learn more.
Article Summary:
  • Kai Greene, Dexter Jackson, and Melvin Anthony are poised to take the top three spots.
  • Should the top contenders make some serious mistakes there are others ready to step up.
  • With Kai's momentum off of his Arnold Classic win it is going to be hard to stop him.

  • David Robson's 2010 Australian Pro Grand Prix Preview

    Though there will be no prizes for guessing the potential winner of this year's Australian Pro Grand Prix, with three major names - Dexter Jackson and Kai Greene and Melvin Anthony - confirmed to compete and on target to claim one through three depending on who brings their A-game, the remainder of the field - a mix of emerging stars, comeback champions and future movers and shakers - should provide for a thrilling contest in itself, of which picking the best could, at this stage, prove extremely difficult.

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    With pro bodybuilding contest outcomes today increasingly hinging on overall conditioning rather than name recognition and previous competitive status, it is becoming harder to predict just who will walk away with the winner's position, or will place in the coveted top six of any given pro show. And as we saw with unquestionably one of bodybuilding's very best, Dexter Jackson, at last weekend's Arnold Classic, conditioning only needs to be off by a fraction to warrant a significant drop in the placements.

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    That said, at this weekend's Australian Pro the top contenders, Dexter, Kai and Melvin, will need to be significantly off to drop from the top three. However, pro bodybuilding wouldn't be pro bodybuilding without a surprise or two, a competitor who arrives in such great shape that they simply cannot be denied, who will force an upset to claim their position as a favorite in future pro outings.

    Melvin Anthony At The 2010 Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International & Figure International. Melvin Anthony At The 2010 Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International & Figure International.
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    Could an upset occur this time around? It has happened before. In 2006, current highly ranked pro Ronny Rockel overtook pre competition favorites Lee Priest and Vince Taylor to claim victory with, at that point, his best package ever. The year prior Lee Priest did the same when he controversially beat Chris Cormier for the title.

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    With up and coming threat Roelly Winklaar and vastly improved men such as Wong Hong, Moe Bannout and Mike Kefalianos featuring in the line up the top six could indeed be a fight to the finish. However, to beat current Arnold Classic champion, the ever-improving Kai Greene, this competitor's closest competition will need to bring Ronnie Coleman-like size and conditioning.

    So the question is: can any of his fellow pro athletes come close to presenting similar jaw-dropping size and shape to that which bodybuilding's posing machine possesses? All will be revealed come show time.

    Picking this year's top placements has been harder than ever with such a large pool of improved athletes competing, each aiming to make a major statement with many pro contests to come this year. Here is my top ten predictions based on the current official competitors' list, dated March 8.


    Tenth Place: Grant Pieterse

      Though he placed last at the 2009 Australian Pro Grand Prix, New Zealand's Grant Pieterse - destined to become one of his country's best ever bodybuilders - is one to watch. With a thick upper body and much-improved leg development, should Grant bring the conditioning he lacked in 2009, he is likely to land inside the top ten at this year's event. His impressive size and width combined with an excellent V-Taper and solid posing-abilities will serve him well as he makes his way up the pro ranks. Still only in his early 20s he has the time needed to ultimately make a major impact in pro bodybuilding.

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    Ninth Place: Eddie Abbew

      At 6'1" and over 270 pounds Eddie will be the largest bodybuilder competing at this year's Australian Pro. But as we have consistently seen with men such as Dexter Jackson, Ronny Rockel and Silvio Samuel, sheer size is not always the best indicator of pro competition success. Quality is. If Eddie can bring a better package to that which failed to make the cut at the 2010 Phoenix Pro - where he placed 15th - and a return to form that earned him 3rd at the 2007 Iron Man Pro, he will - with his name recognition and overwhelming size - make the top ten at this year's Australian Pro Grand Prix.

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    Eighth Place: Mohammad Bannout

      With a seventh place finish at his 2009 Iron Man Pro debut and 10th at the recent Phoenix Pro, Moe Bannout shocked audiences each time with his incredible conditioning and full, round muscle bellies. The only marks against him were a lack of momentum going into these contests and a slightly drawn appearance, which negated the complete muscle fullness of which he is capable of bringing should he nail all aspects of his contest prep.

      It looked like he had -especially in his 2009 debut - sacrificed a little size for some of the best conditioning in the show. Regardless of whether he can bring a slightly better look at this year's Australian Pro he is on target to make the top ten. If he has made further improvements he might even squeeze into the top six.

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    Seventh Place: Rusty Jeffers

      Although he missed his mark conditioning-wise at the recent Phoenix Pro, when Rusty does bring his best shape he is very hard to dismiss as a threat, though this has not stopped him from being overlooked in previous contests, most notably the 2006 Masters World Champs. And into his mid-40s, a stage when most competitors are ready to hang up the trunks, he seems to be getting better. Should he bring his usual sharp conditioning he will probably land where he did at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. One thing is for sure: with his masterful posing abilities he will leave a lasting impact regardless of the outcome.

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    Sixth Place: Wong Hong

      The ultimate comeback kid, Wong Hong has been out of the pro bodybuilding game for the past two years due to medical reasons, but he is now well and truly back and in the best shape of his life, a fact confirmed by recent progress photos. Wong last competed at the 2007 Australian Pro Grand Prix. There he was well conditioned but lacked the necessary size to do battle with the ultimate top six finishers (Wong landed in eighth). Vowing to return the following year he did all that was needed to add previously lacking size and improve his shape for the 2008 version.

      However, disaster struck in early 2008, forcing him to withdraw from this event. Never one to take a backward step Wong is now ready to show the amazing improvements he has made and will, at the very least, and based on the strides he has made, place sixth at this year's show.

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      Get The Story Of Hong's Medical Problems And Recovery Here.


    Fifth Place: Mike Kefalianos

      Placing fourth in impressive fashion ahead of several notable competitors at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix has positioned Mike Kefalianos well for this year's event. Based on the apparent improvements he has made to his already imposing physique - complete with incredible width, muscle thickness and great symmetry - Mike should be fifth or better. Look for him to cement his name as one to watch in future pro events.

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    Fourth Place: Roelly Winklaar

      Much of the hype surrounding the 2010 Arnold Classic concerned the likely impact 2009 Arnold amateur champion Roelly Winklaar would make. He did not disappoint as he took an impressive seventh at his pro debut. With more thickness than a physique of his stature should rightly handle and probably the best triceps and abs in the business today, Roelly, with a little more muscle refinement and work on his posing skills, will be a veritable force in future pro events. If Melvin Anthony comes in even slightly off - something he is known to do, his conditioning being hit or miss - at this year's Australian Pro then look for Roelly to place third in only his second pro event.

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    Third Place: Melvin Anthony

      Blessed with all of the gifts needed to make a major mark in the pro ranks, Melvin Anthony has gained much success as a professional, a fact attested to with his recent Phoenix Pro win. And though he slipped back in the placements to ninth at the Arnold Pro several weeks later he will likely peak for this year's Australian Pro. But if he comes off he could fall back as far as fifth at this weekend's event.

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    Second Place: Dexter Jackson

      A three-time winner of the Australian Pro Grand Prix and multiple pro-champion of many other events, Dexter Jackson is always a dangerous competitor. When he is on he is almost untouchable, but when he is off, however, he can drop many places by virtue of the fact that he does not have the size many of his fellow competitors possess. After a disappointing fourth place at last week's Arnold Classic - a contest he has dominated over recent years - Dexter will be looking to improve his pro standing ahead of October's Mr. Olympia. If Kai brings less than his best Dexter could win a record four Australian Pro titles.

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    First Place: Kai Greene

      Who else in this line up could best current hot favorite Kai Greene when Greene is on his game? When he is at his best Kai is up there with the best in the world. And after winning two consecutive Arnold Classic titles a good argument could be made for him being the second best bodybuilder currently competing in the pro ranks. With size, conditioning and shape almost on par with current Olympia champ Jay Cutler he is extremely tough to beat. In shape at over 255 pounds at a claimed 5'8" (he may even be shorter than this) Kai is freaky personified, with the shape and presentation skills to go with it. Look for him to win big in Australia this weekend.

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