Who Will Win The 2007 Iron Man Pro?

Who will win the 2007 Iron Man Pro? There is no clear answer this year as the field is wide open. Our forum member's clue us in on who they think will come out on top.


TOPIC: Who Will Win The 2007 Iron Man Pro?

The Question:

This year's Iron Man Pro will again be very exciting because the current champion, Lee Priest, will not be competing. This leaves it wide open for the other competitors who would love to win the first IFBB pro contest of the year.

Will David "Giant Killer" Henry be able to come in and grab the title with so many high ranked pros competing? He came in second last year with a controversial win going to Lee Priest.

The list of the competitors:
(*List is not final. Last updated January 17th, 2007)

    1. Edward Abbew
    2. Jason Arntz
    3. Eryk Bui
    4. Kris Dim
    5. Mark Dugdale
    6. Moe Elmoussaoui
    7. Aiman Faour
    8. Toney Freeman
    9. Ahmad Haidar
    10. David Henry
    11. Rusty Jeffers
    12. Rod Ketchens
    13. Martin Kjellstrom
    14. Francesco Mazzotta
    15. Silvio Samuel
    16. Daniele Seccarecci
    17. Roc Shabazz
    18. Sergey Shelestov
    19. Clifton Torres
    20. Luke Wood
    21. Hidetada Yamagishi
    22. Fabrizio Zittucro
Give your opinion on who will be in the top Five and give full details for why you believe it will go down that way.

Bonus Question: Have you ever attended the Iron Man Pro Show? If so, what did you think of it and how was your experience? Was it what you thought it would be? How could it be made better?

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The Winners:

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      1st place - 75 in store credit.
      2nd place - 50 in store credit.
      3rd place - 25 in store credit.

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1st Place - NoNameNecessary

This year's Iron Man Pro will again be very exciting because the current champion, Lee Priest, will not be competing. This leaves it wide open for the other competitors who would love to win the first IFBB pro contest of the year.

The Iron Man Pro is one of the largest annual bodybuilding contests, behind only the Arnold Classic and the Olympia. It is the largest bodybuilding event on the West Coast and the only bodybuilding contest in the Mecca of bodybuilding, Los Angeles. It has evolved into a weekend full of entertainment.

From strong man events to the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Competition to the fittest couple competition, there is sure to be something to please everyone. There has also been a major change in the format of the contest. Now, instead of the three top finishers receiving an Olympia bid, the top five finishers will receive a trip to the Olympia.


What's Going on This Year?

This year's contest is sure to please. The last three Iron Man Pro champions (Lee Priest, Gustavo Badell, Dexter Jackson) will not be competing. Thus, this year's field is truly wide open.

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Past Three Iron Man Pro Champions.
Lee Priest, Gustavo Badell & Dexter Jackson.

Will David "Giant Killer" Henry be able to come in and grab the title with so many high ranked pros competing? He came in second last year with a controversial win going to Lee Priest.

Last year's finish was highly disputed. There were many people who argued that David Henry could have, and should have, placed above Lee Priest. Without Lee Priest competing this year, many people like David Henry's chances of winning this competition. I, however, am not one of them.

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My Top Five
Give Your Opinion On Who Will Be In The Top Five And Give Full Details For Why You Believe It Will Go Down That Way.


1st: Tony Freeman:

    Standing at 6'2" and weighing in at 290 pounds, Toney Freeman truly is a mass monster. When interviewed four weeks out from the competition, Toney said his preparation was going great and that he looks and feels better than ever. After his seventh place finish in the Mr. Olympia competition, Toney is truly motivated.


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Toney Freeman: The Executioner.
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    Look for him to bring an improved physique and an immense amount of intensity to the stage. He will come in shredded and massive. With his impressive, well-rounded physique and determination, I look for Toney Freeman to win this competition in an impressive manner.

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2nd: David Henry:

    David Henry has one of the best physiques in bodybuilding and is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. He brings an amazing package to the stage every competition and is sure to dial it in for the Iron Man.

    The conditioning he brings to the stage is unparalleled. Though his back isn't as large as some of the other competitors', it may be the best one on the stage at the Iron Man. I look for him to finish second. However, if Toney Freeman misses his conditioning, Henry could easily step up into the first place position.



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David Henry At The 2006 Iron Man.
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3rd: Mark Dugdale:

    Mark finished fifth in last year's Iron Man Pro and is surely looking to improve on that performance. I felt he deserved to place as high as 3rd last year, however, the judges did not see it the same way.

    Mark has the most aesthetically pleasing physique in the entire IFBB. His muscle bellies are full and his shape is amazing. I look for him to place 3rd this year.


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Mark At The 2006 Iron Man.
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4th: Kris Dim:

    Kris Dim finished fourth in last year's competition and I look for him to hold steady at fourth spot. His upper body is very impressive but he needs to add a bit more size to his legs. I have yet to see any pre-contest photographs of him but if he could accomplish this, he and Mark Dugdale could easily switch placings.

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Kris Dim At The 2006 Iron Man.
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5th: Luke Wood:

    This will certainly be a surprise placing. Luke Wood has a massive upper body but needs to dial in his legs. He looks very impressive in pre-contest photos and if he dials it in, he can truly surprise some people, though I doubt he'd place higher than fifth.

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Luke Wood, Five Weeks Out.

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Other Contenders

Erik Bui & Ahmad Haidar:

    They could easily move into the top five. Erik placed 8th last year, while Ahmad placed 9th. Both of them are obviously looking to improve upon their previous year's finishes. Erik has an amazing physique, however, his height will certainly hold him back.


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Eric Bui.
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    Ahmad has, undoubtedly, the best abs in the IFBB, though he lacks the size to place in the top five consistently. Be mindful of these two competitors. If any of the competitors in the top five miss their mark, they can easily slide down a few spots, allowing Erik and Ahmad, amongst others, to move up a few spots.


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Ahmad Haidar.
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Additional Responses

arrow KILLAKELL:

  1. Toney Freeman
  2. David Henry
  3. Ahmad Haidar
  4. Mark Dugdale
  5. ERYK BUI

These in my opinion are some world class physiques - so as long as they are not off then it looks like this.

arrow JaNiZaRy

I want mark Dugdale to win. His physique is very nice. Hopefully his arms made a catch up over the off season though.

  1. Dugdale
  2. Henry
  3. Freeman
  4. Haidar
  5. Bui

arrow FlexFactor

  1. Toney Freeman
  2. David Henry
  3. Silvio Samuel
  4. Mark Dugdale
  5. Ahmad Haidar

Toney Freeman, at 6'2", 290lbs, small waist, and awesome symmetry is a force to be reckoned with. If he comes in dry I predict that he will take first place after a grueling battle with my second place pick David Henry.

Henry has added a lot of mass and is still ripped as ever. Silvio Samuel also has great symmetry, but in my opinion doesn't have the striations or vascularity to take first or 2nd. If he does take third be sure that Mark Dugdale is right there nipping at his heels for 4th place.

Ahmad Haidar will come in right behind Dugdale. Haidar's near perfect symmetry and chiseled granite abs should guarantee him at least a top five placing.