In this article, we take Dave Palumbo's assessments on the 2015 Arnold Classic Open bodybuilding competitors and put them all in one place. We will be updating this article throughout the night with the latest info. FOLLOW LIVE THE MUSCLE CENTRAL FORUM
ARNOLD CLASSIC FINAL PLACINGS
1. DEXTER JACKSON $130,000 ****new record holding champion 5x champ
2. BRANCH WARREN $75,000
3 JUSTIN COMPTON $50,000
4. CEDRIC MCMILLAN $30,000
5. EVAN CENTOPANI $15,000
6. ROELLY WINKLAAR $10,000
FINALS 1st CALLOUT
****JUDGES favoring BRANCH WARREN and DEXTER JACKSON for top 2..........personally, I think i'd have COMPTON winning with CEDRIC 2nd, BRANCH 3rd, DEX 4th......
COMPTON has more muscle and better conditioning than everyone (and his symmetry is good)..he's just a tiny bit watery in midsection
BRANCH is thick as a house and ripped but his lower back is a little watery and his symmetry is not pretty
CEDRIC has the best symmetry and flow to his physique. I like watchng him. His body flows beautifully and he's the tallest up there with the biggest structure. His only weakness is his legs need a little more hardness/size
DEXTER is DEXTER.....he's symmetrical, ripped, and a 4x champ........When he's alone, he looks like the winner. Next to these other guys his legs look small.......and he shows vulnerability
DEXTER JACKON up first. back double is super sharp.. striated glutes. great delts and arms. Stomach is alittle distended.. but the fans love him. Posed to slow music. At 45, Dexter is good as he ever was.
BEN PAKULSKI: freakazoid legs....... his quads are incredible. His delts are great. Pecs are full. Arms are too small for the rest of him. his back is good but not great..it needs a lot more thickness
JUSTIN COMPTON: He's a freak...... amazing legs.. ripped hams. Great arms. Tremendous back..... his abs are a little soft/distended? His most muscular shots are incredible. Freaky calves. A future Arnold Champion for sure!
MARIUS DOHNE: from South Africa. Freaky flaring quads. Nice looking back double. Striated glutes. Still a little shallow on the upper body. He could certainly clean up winning some of the smaller Pro Shows.... winning an Arnold will be tough for him... Needs more mass to contend with the bigger guys
BRANCH WARREN: packing tons of mass on his frame. Best he's looked in years. Legs are freaky........striated glutes. His lower back is lacking detail........ if you're looking for mass and condtioning, hes your pick for first.......if you wanna see a more aesthetic physique, you have to push him down to 4th behind compton, mcmillan and dexter.... let's see what the judges do
LIONEL BEYEKE: blessed shape and structure....... conditioning is way off........it's the "same old story" with Beyeke. PLEASE! Get in shape and shut everyone up!
MICHAEL KEFALIANOS: he's always peeled to the bone..... you can tell he just loves to be up there. He's just not the same physique he was in the past. Giving up a lot of size to the top guys.
TONEY FREEMAN: The X-man.......... competing for 22 years. He's still got an impressive physique but it's not the Freeman of old. You can tell Toney loves to pose and show off his physique. His positive energy oozes out of every pore of his soul. He's wearing a suit with rhinestones galore........... it looks like it belongs in an art exhibit. He's the X-man!!!
BRANDON CURRY: Another genetic freak. has all the tools to be GREAT....... never brings his best to the stage. Always leaves the door open for guys who arent' as goos as him to beat him. He's just not hard enough here.........so no matter how much muscle and great shape, we're not seeing it at its best. Might have the best shaped arms in bodybuilding.
VITALY FATEEV: from RUSSIA.... good arnold debut. Packing tons of muscle....... great back; thick legs.......excellent arms. powerful pecs. needs to refine his muscle....... and come in even harder........he needs to be dry as nails to beat some of these genetically superior guys. He's got unlimited potential however. He just needs to make sure he adds muscle to the right places (which translates to "not his midsection")
CEDRIC MCMILLAN: Best genetically onstage. His posing is comprised of unique twisting back shots.......I love it. Cedric is Cedric! UNIQUE
EVAN CENTOPANI: terrific upper body...... amazing arms and delts. Super thick back..... best calves. great front quads.... Lower back is not hard enough. Glutes/hams can be tighter. He's leaving too much on the table.
ROELLY WINKLAAR: He's got more gnarly muscle than anyone on the stage. His quads are freaky. His muscle shots are the best in the lineup. he's MR Olympia in the gym. He ruined his symmetry by thickening his waist too much. Sometimes, more MUSCLE is not BETTER....... in ROELLY's case, he made himself worse