By Harry Fessel, Website Editor / Staff Writer | Feb 20, 2012
The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results
The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke led the lineup to win the 2012 IFBB FLEX Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Santa Monica, CA. IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski was the runner-up in 2nd place. Taking 3rd place was IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad. IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden finished in 4th place and IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa finished in 5th place.
The “So What?”: Beyeke’s good size and shape pushed him above Correa, who made his Open Division debut with sharp conditioning. This contest is Beyeke’s first professional bodybuilding contest victory. It was also the first contest to apply the new IFBB Pro League rule to qualify only the 1st place athlete to compete at the 2012 Olympia (September 29), versus the Top 3 finishers.
Andrew Oye’s Verdict: Post-contest reviews had many debating, yet again, the importance of mass versus conditioning in selecting contest winners. At one point, I thought contest placings were supposed to be determined by the best combo of both, along with shape and symmetry. Who knows anymore? And which trumps the other?