Every year since 1989 the Arnold Classic has held the honor of being the one contest that sets the tone for the competitive season. Winners top “who to watch” lists heading into the Big O in September. This year, perhaps more than in others, that may be doubly true as none of last year’s Mr. Olympia top five are competing. For all the challengers looking to be “that guy,” there is still one man in the lineup that will no doubt steal the lion’s share of attention: Kai Greene.
Greene famously sat out the 2015 Mr. Olympia, but all the drama aside, he has been the undisputed second-best bodybuilder in the world from 2012–14. One missed opportunity will not erase that fact, and fans are eager to see the Predator back on a bodybuilding stage.
Though Greene may be the favorite, Branch Warren, Cedric McMillan, Justin Compton, Evan Centopani, Juan Morel, and the other six men will be hungry to start 2016 as the breakout star. Here’s a sneak peek at the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH, March 4–5.
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