|Dexter Jackson Guns For
Record 5th Arnold Classic Title|
By The Bodybuilders.gr Editorial Team
December 18th, 2014
2015 Arnold Sports Festival
Dexter Jackson Guns For Record 5th Arnold Classic Title
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dexter Jackson, a four-time winner of the Arnold Classic, will
try to win a record fifth title when he leads a field of 14 men’s professional
bodybuilders who will battle in the 2015 Arnold Classic, the Arnold
Sports Festival announced today.
The Arnold Sports Festival and the IFBB Pro League today announced the invited
athletes who will compete in the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness
International, Figure International, Bikini International, Arnold Classic Men’s
Physique and Women’s Physique International contests March 6-7 at the 2015
Arnold Sports Festival.
Jackson won the Arnold Classic in 2005, 2006 and 2007 before tying Flex
Wheeler’s record of four Arnold Classic titles with a victory in 2013. Jackson
did not compete in the Arnold Classic in 2014. Two-time Arnold Classic champ
Branch Warren and 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil champ Brandon Curry will also
compete in Columbus in 2015. Mohamad Ali Bannout earned an automatic invite
based on winning the 2014 Europa Phoenix Pro.
In the Arnold Classic 212, Aaron Clark, Hidetada Yamagishi and Jose Raymond lead
a field of 10 professionals. Clark finished third in 2014, while Yamagishi was
fourth and Raymond fifth. Defending champion James “Flex” Lewis will not
In the Fitness International, defending champion Oksana Grishina and 2013 winner
Tanji Johnson headline a field of 14. Grishina also finished first in the Arnold
Classic Europe and Fitness Olympia contests in 2014 and has won her last four
professional contests. Aurika Tyrgale earned an automatic invite after winning
the Arnold Amateur overall title in 2014.
In the Figure International, two-time defending champion Candice Keene is back
and will try and join Jenny Lynn and Nicole Wilkins as three-time winners of the
Figure International title. She will be challenged by Heather Dees and Camala
Rodriquez-McClure, second and third in 2014, respectively. 2014 Arnold Amateur
overall winner Andressa Ribeiro earned automatic invitation.
Ashley Kaltwasser will try to become the first repeat winner of the Bikini
International, which has had four champions in four years since it was founded
in 2011. Janey Layug, who finished second to Kaltwasser in the Bikini Olympia,
leads a host of challengers in the field of 15.
The first-ever Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International
will be held on Friday, March 6 at the Arnold Fitness EXPO. Sadik Hadzovic leads
the men’s field, while Juliana Malacarne and Dana Linn Bailey lead the women’s
The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, and Figure International will be
held on Friday, March 6. Prejudging will take place at the Arnold Fitness EXPO
and final at Battelle Grand, both at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Prejudging and Finals for the Arnold Classic and Bikini International, and final
event for the Arnold Strongman will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Battelle
Official Invite Lists:
|Arnold Classic (14)
Mohamad Ali Bannout
|Arnold Classic 212
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
|Men’s Physique (11)
Felipe de Franco
Dana Linn Bailey
Regiane Da Silva
Vera Mallet Julie Mayer
Bikini International (15)
Christina Strom Fjaere
The 27th Anniversary Annual Arnold Classic,
Arnold Classic 212, Men’s Physique, Fitness International, Figure International,
Bikini International and Women’s Physique contests will be held March 5-8, 2015
at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit
www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000 for ticket information. VIP Ticket
Packages and individual event tickets are available.
Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.
Diamond Sponsors: EAS Abbott Nutrition, Hollywood Casino Columbus, MHP,
MusclePharm, Quest Nutrition.
Gold Sponsors: 6 Pack Fitness, Animal, BPI, BSN, CytoSport, Gasp & Better
Bodies, Gymshark, Jan Tana, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Optimum Nutrition,
Silver Sponsors: 4 Dimension Nutrition, American Electric Power, ABB
Performance, Allmax Nutrition, Beast Sports, Bodybuilding.com, Gaspari
Nutrition, GAT / World Health Products, GEAR, Inc., Gifted Nutrition, Kiosk
Kings Champion Energy, Liftag Sport, Lone Star Distribution, MuscleTech, Nutrex
Research, Oh Yeah! Nutrition, Ricart.com, Rivalus, Rogue Fitness, SAN Nutrition,
Bronze Sponsors: 1 Up Nutrition, BioRhythm, Blender Bottle, Cellucor,
Flexicus.com, FUEL, Gold’s Gym, Grow Dietary Supplements, GT Nutrition USA,
Infitnitude, iSatori, Inc., Mutant, MRI, MRM, Muscle Egg, N.V.E.
Pharmaceuticals, Scivation, Skechers, SmartShake, Twinlab.
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