Former Champions Cedric McMillan, Dexter Jackson, Dennis Wolf Highlight 30th Anniversary Field at 2018 Arnold Classic
Cedric McMillan, who won the 2017 Arnold Classic for the biggest victory of his professional career, is among three former Arnold Classic champions who will do battle at the prestigious contest that celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival.
The 2018 Arnold Sports Festival will feature IFBB Pro League contests in a record nine divisions, including Arnold Classic Physique for the first time.
McMillan, five-time champion Dexter Jackson and 2014 champion Dennis Wolf lead a field of 14 professional bodybuilding who will take the stage in Columbus, Ohio for the 30th Annual Arnold Classic on March 3, 2018. Jackson won the Arnold Classic in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2015 and holds the event’s record with five titles, one more than Flex Wheeler.
In the Arnold Classic 212, 2017 runner-up David Henry and 2015 champion Jose Raymond headline a field of the seven who will vie for the title. Henry and Raymond, third in Columbus a year ago, will be challenged by Guy Cisternino Jr., fourth here in 2017, and Hadi Choopan, who finished second to McMillan in the open division at the 2017 San Marino Pro in late November.
A new champion will be crowned in the Fitness International with the retirement of four-time champion Oksana Grishina. Most of the top competitors from 2017 return in 2018, including runner-up Regiane Da Silva, third-place finisher Whitney Jones and Bethany Wagner, who finished fourth. Missy Terwilliger and Tiffany Chandler are also expected to challenge for the title.
Candice Lewis-Carter returns to defend her title in the Figure International. Also expected to challenge are Cydney Gillon, the Figure Olympia winner who finished second here in 2017, and Heather Dees, who was sixth in Columbus a year ago.There will also be a new champ in Bikini International as 2017 winner Angelica Teixeira will not compete. Challengers for the title include 2017 third-place finisher Jennifer Ronzitti and Janet Layug, who was fourth here a year ago.
Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International will feature competitions open to any IFBB Pro League athlete who has finished in the top 10 in a pro contest in the past two years. Visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for the complete competitor lists. Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair competitors will be announced at a later date.
The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International and Physique International will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Men’s Physique, Arnold Classic Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.