Who Will Claim the 2013 Arnold Classic Title?

Team AMI/Weider experts Dennis James, Chad Nicholls, and Fakhri Mubarak give us their take on whom to watch and who might surprise us all before the night is over at the 2013 Arnold Classic.
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Marcus Haley

ARNOLD CLASSIC HISTORY 2007, 12th; 2009, 13th

JAMES: He’s put on some weight and you know he can get in condition, but he tends to flatten out. Again, it’s that tightrope bodybuilders are always walking between being bone dry and full. But Marcus has a shot at doing well here. He can compare favorably with guys who are fighting to get into the top six. It’s wide open and that favors some of the guys who maybe haven’t done that well in the past. If they can put it together, it’s their chance to sneak in and move up a few spots.

MUBARAK: Marcus is a true warrior. The man keeps going against many odds. He’s a good dude, and I’m always rooting for him. Marcus is coming back from an injury, and I know he’s been training hard since he was cleared. He needs to come in drier and a bit tighter. He has worked hard to reach this level, and I hope he puts it together in Ohio.

NICHOLLS: Another athlete who really needs to put everything together. I’ve seen pics of Marcus at three to four weeks out looking spectacular, and from that point, everything seems to go south. He’s got to play things safe and simple and focus on the basics of coming in shredded. He has all the tools to do well. He needs to focus on not making mistakes the final week or so before the show.

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