Dennis Wolf, 2014 winner of the Arnold Classic Open Bodybuilding division will be making his return to the stage after facing a possibly career ending injury to his neck that required surgery and screws to be implanted into his neck. In the past few years, we saw Dennis transform into a shell of his former self, and strive to gain his size back in his documentary “Lost Gains”. There are no recent shirtless pictures of Dennis’ physique, and he still appears to be a little downsized, but there is still plenty of time to “grow into the show” as many pros have the ability to do.
Our first question – Is Kai Greene Competing in the 2018 Arnold Classic?
So far he is not on the competitors list, which is strange seeing as how he has been away from the competitive scene but still maintains an incredibly large, in-shape physique year round. Kai does not need prize money to get by, seeing as how he is one of the most popular bodybuilders currently today, but is losing his relevancy in the competitive scene little by little as the years pass by.
Big Ramy late 2017 claimed he would be competing in the Arnold Classic 2018, but has not yet been confirmed on the competitors list, so it is unclear if he will be competing or not. If he does, and comes in Olympia shape or better, it’s his show to lose.
Cedric McMillan, last years winner, can either be the winner or any placing in the top 10. Cedric’s consistency is the issue and while he has the mass, shape, lines, and aesthetics to win the show again, nailing the conditioning and fullness consistently has proven to be the determining factor in his success.
William Bonac, coming off a 3rd place placing at the 2017 Mr. Olympia (which he could have easily been 2nd or even won without much debate) is another favorite to win the show. William Bonac has a shorter physique and torso, closely resembling a battle similar to Kai Greene and Cedric McMillan that took place in the 2016 Arnold Classic, where Kai Greene won in the finals and due to his posing routine by only one point. William seems to be getting better and better so if I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Bonac.
Shawn Rhoden and Dexter Jackson both have had multiple top-5 Olympia placings and Arnold Classic placings and could easily take the show as well. Shawn Rhoden has seemed to do better in the last few years than Dexter, but “the blade” seems to never age and if the rest of the competition is off or not at 100 percent, Dexter could easily claim another Arnold Classic title. The previous Mr. Olympia winner is nearing 50-years old but states he is going to keep competing until his body and placings begin to fall off.
Other predictions for top 10 placings include Josh Lenartowicz, a bodybuilder from Austraila that has cemented himself into the bodybuilding top 10 with one of the larger, well balanced physiques. On any given day there is no reason why Josh couldn’t also make a top-5 finish. Roelly Winklaar, Jonathan De La Rosa, Maxx Charles, and Lionel Beyeke all fall into the “if they can nail it” category of whether or not they place top 5. All of the names listed have the tools to do well in one of the most competitive Arnold Classic competitions ever.
The 212 division features a blend of seasoned veterans as well as newcomers to the scene, featuring Hadi Choopan, a competitor that to the belief of many should have beaten reigning 212 Olympia Champ Flex Lewis in their last contest together. Choopan has a great balance of size and razor conditioning and much more detail than the rest of the division. If he is judged fairly, it is likely to be a battle between him
and Jose Raymond for the first place prize. Hidetada Yamagishi, a top-5 212 competitor has returned back to the open class for this competition, where he has also been very successful in the past.
The Classic Physique division features one of the biggest competitor classes with tons of new talent. Current Classic Physique Mr. Olympia Breon Ashley is our favorite to take the contest, but since the division is still new and talent is making its way out of the woodwork, the top 10 is anyone’s guess. An extra 5 lbs has been added to the height and weight caps which may prove to be a difference in many of the physiques, seeing as how some physiques were already struggling to make weight, where others had not even come close to their cap.
Swoletra.com will post the results, review, and incoming updates to the contest as more information is released.
Jonathan De La Rosa
Arnold Classic 212
Gaetano Cisternino Jr.
Kyung Won Kang
Arnold Classic Physique
Louis Dominique Corbeil-Fiset
Jacques Dalce, Jr.
Regiane Da Silva
Frida Paulsen Stern
Claudia DeLeon Pardo
Adelfo Cerame Jr.