Brandon Curry took home the grand prize of $35,000 over the weekend as he muscled his way to his first-ever victory on a pro stage at the first-ever Arnold Classic Brazil in front of a sold out house. Curry’s victory was an easy one, according to the score sheets, as he earned 12 points to runner-up Toney Freeman’s 25; Johnnie Jackson was right on Freeman’s tail with 27 points, good enough for third. Ed Nunn and Fred “Biggie” Smalls rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Toney, the 46-year-old ageless wonder, took home $20,000, while Jackson earned $15,000. Nunn pocketed $10,000, with Smalls making $5,000.
The biggest news of the show was, however, the apparent disqualification of pre-contest favorite Cedric McMillan, who missed the competitors meeting, according to RxMuscle’s Aaron Singerman and Dave Palumbo in their contest wrap-up. In the video, Aaron and Dave talk about Cedric not getting on the bus on time, scrambling to get there but getting caught in traffic en route to the venue, and not having a way of contacting officials regarding his situation. Word on the street is Big Mac will now enter the New York Pro in May with retribution on his mind.
In the pro fitness division, Ryall Vasani topped the 10-woman field, with Regiane Da Silva finishing second and Nicole Duncan third.