Clash of the Titans Two: Toney Freeman vs Paul Dillet
By Shawn Perine
September 10, 2009
The 2009 Mr. Olympia on September 25-26 is shaping up to be the most competitive in history. Loaded with star power that hasn't been seen since the explosion of talent that populated the lineups of the nineties and into the new millennium, it sparks the timeless debate: Who was better, the champions of yesterday or the champions of today? To answer that, we've pitted the class of '09 against legendary names from the past, each in a one on one battle to determine once and for all, who will reign supreme.
Second in our Clash of the Titans series is a battle of the giant mutants, Toney Freeman vs Paul Dillet.
FLEXONLINE OLYMPIA COUNTDOWN
Tuesday - JAY CUTLER'S GUIDE TO LAS VEGAS
Wednesday - 2009 MR. OLYMPIA: WHERE DOES IT RANK?
Thursday - OLYMPIA CLASH OF THE TITANS: WARREN VS EL SONBATY
Thursday - OLYMPIA CLASH OF THE TITANS: FREEMAN VS DILLET
TALE OF THE TAPE
|NAME: Toney Freeman
WEIGHT: 280 pounds
OLYMPIA HISTORY: 2006, 7th; 2007, 14th; 2008, 5th
|NAME: Paul Dillet
WEIGHT: 280 pounds
OLYMPIA HISTORY: 1993, 6th; 1994, 4th; 1996, 5th; 1997, 5th; 1998, DNP; 1999, 7th; 2000, 5th; 2001, 9th; 202, 15th
SCOUTING REPORT: FREEMAN
Toney Freeman toiled away as a journeyman competitor his first three years in the pros. Since his breakout year of 2006, however, he's established himself as an A-lister, thanks to his stunning X-frame, which includes terrific arms and legs and a barn door-wide back. A minor pec tear and a slightly shallow appearance in side shots are his main flaws.
SCOUTING REPORT: DILLET
Dubbed "Freakenstein", Dillet was, in some poses and certainly relaxed, the most impressive bodybuilder in history. Yet despite his incredible appendages, ponderous pecs and a tight waist, his posing was terrible and his back was as unimpressive as his front was impressive.
Relaxed, it's all Dillet which is no sleight to Freeman, but Dillet's relaxed front pose is a world-beater. Once the arms come up though Dillet loses a lot of steam as Freeman sinks into a pleasing version of the front double biceps shot. Dillet wins ab & thigh and most muscular shots.
Thanks to massive calves and a ridiculously thick torso, Dillet wins this one. Freeman looks great, but Dillet is from another planet.
Freeman dominates Dillet from the back, both in the front and rear double biceps poses. Freeman beats Dillet in width, thickness and detail - slam dunk.
THE WINNER: FREEMAN
It's been often said that if Dillet had Dorian Yates' mental approach to bodybuilding he would have figured out his back and posing issues and would never have been beaten as a pro. Freeman has the perfect mindset for Freeman's body. Freeman's overwhelming dominance in the back and front double biceps poses gives him a slight edge over Dillet for the win.