Arnold Classic


COLUMBUS, Ohio – William “The Conqueror” Bonac of the Netherlands reclaimed the Arnold Classic title with a narrow win over five-time champion Dexter “The Blade” Jackson at the 32nd Arnold Classic at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.

Bonac won his first Arnold Classic title in 2018 and finished second in 2019 to Brandon Curry, who went on to also claim the 2019 Mr. Olympia.

Bonac received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Natalie Eva Marie of Reign Total Body Fuel and Steve Slater of Rogue Fitness.

Jackson, who won the Arnold Classic in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2015, fell just short of claiming his sixth Arnold Classic crown. The Jacksonville, Fla., resident, who will retire after this year’s Mr. Olympia, has competed in Columbus a record 17 times. Jackson received $75,000 and a medal from Cryotech Nordic and Big Sports.

Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay of Egypt finished third in his first Arnold Classic appearance. He received a check for $50,000 and a medal from Mount Carmel Health System and Jan Tana. He received an extra $10,000 for winning the inaugural Franco Columbu Most Muscular Award.

Stephen Kuclo of Dallas, Texas, finished a career-best fourth in his third appearance in Columbus. He received $30,000 and a medal from Ricart Automotive and Europa Sports.

Sergio Oliva Jr. of Los Angeles finished fifth and received $15,000 and a medal from Jan Tana and Cryotech Nordic. He also took home $10,000 for winning the Ed Corney Best Poser Award.

Cedric McMillan of Heath Springs, S.C., finished sixth and received a medal and $10,000 from The Columbus Dispatch and Mount Carmel Health System.

Also competing and finishing seventh through thirteenth, respectively, were Akim Williams (Pompton Lakes, N.J.), Maxx Charles (Huntington, N.Y.), Victor Martinez (New York, N.Y.), Patrick Moore ((Tomball, TX), Josh Lenartowicz (Australia), Morgan Aste (France), and Johnnie Jackson (Dallas, TX).


Arnold Classic Champions

1989: Rich Gaspari
1990: Mike Ashley
1991: Shawn Ray
1992: Vince Taylor
1993: Flex Wheeler
1994: Kevin Levrone
1995: Michael Francois
1996: Kevin Levrone
1997: Flex Wheeler
1998: Flex Wheeler
1999: Nasser El Sonbaty
2000: Flex Wheeler
2001: Ronnie Coleman
2002: Jay Cutler
2003: Jay Cutler
2004: Jay Cutler

2005: Dexter Jackson
2006: Dexter Jackson
2007: Victor Martinez
2008: Dexter Jackson
2009: Kai Greene
2010: Kai Greene
2011: Branch Warren
2012: Branch Warren
2013: Dexter Jackson
2014: Dennis Wolf
2015: Dexter Jackson
2016: Kai Greene
2017: Cedric McMillan
2018: William Bonac
2019: Brandon Curry
2020: William Bonac