The Middle East hosted the always-exciting 2023 Dubai Pro on September 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This was an Olympia-qualifying event for competitors in Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, and Men’s Physique divisions.
This season of bodybuilding is reaching its peak as athletes from around the world battle in hopes of guaranteeing a qualification to this year’s Mr. Olympia. The 2023 Mr. Olympia competition will see the globe’s top bodybuilders vying for cash, bragging rights, and of course, the most coveted title in the sport.
With the point system shelved by the IFBB Pro League, athletes were presented with a more challenging task this year: win a Pro show or miss out on competing at Mr. Olympia. The pressure was on for competitors this weekend as there are limited opportunities to qualify in the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, and Men’s Physique classes.
2023 Dubai Pro All The Winners
- Men’s 212 Bodybuilding: Mazin Salim AlRahbi
- Classic Physique: Terrence Ruffin
- Men’s Physique: Adeyemi Awoyemi
2023 Dubai Pro Results Breakdown
Men’s 212 Bodybuilding
It was an exhilarating night in Dubai, with Men’s 212 Bodybuilding delivering some intense action. Kingsley Oben Arrah’s muscularity and top-to-bottom symmetry made him a standout amongst the judges during the prejudging portion of the competition.
Meanwhile, Mazin Salim AlRahbi’s physique received a huge pop from the crowd. His striations, biceps, and quads gave him a leg up over many of his competitors during the finals. Mazin Salim AlRahbi looked to have brought the dryest look of his career on Sunday and it paid off with a first-place victory. Kingsley Oben Arrah finished second and Mohamed Embaby earned third place.
- Winner — Mazin Salim AlRahbi
- Second Place — Kingsley Oben Arrah
- Third Place — Mohamed Embaby
- Fourth Place — Wael Ali
- Fifth Place — Mohamed Salah
- Sixth Place — Muhammet Kurutas
- Seventh Place — Ismail Ahmed Mohamed Radwan
- Eighth Place — Mohamed Ramzy
- Ninth Place — Radoslav Angelov
- Tenth Place — Siwei Yang
This Classic Physique showdown turned into a razor-close battle between finalists Fabio Junio Ramos Vale and former two-time Arnold Classic champion Terrence Ruffin. Fabio Junio Ramos Vale displayed not just top-notch conditioning but a sculpted back, making many of his rear poses quite dominant when standing next to his adversaries. Ramos entered this show brimming with confidence as he last succeeded in first place in July at the 2023 Xtreme Bodybuilding Pro Mexico show.
Pressure was certainly weighing heavy on Ruffin this weekend as his appearance on the 2023 Olympia stage likely hinged on this performance. Ruffin last took to the stage at the 2022 Olympia last December, where he turned in a sixth-place finish, a surprising outcome given his accolades. In the end, “Ruff Diesel” pulled off the victory in Dubai, in what was deemed an incredibly close battle by many fans, who insist it could have gone either way.
- Winner — Terrence Ruffin
- Second Place — Fabio Junio Ramos Vale
- Third Place — Wesley Vissers
- Fourth Place — Chen Kang
- Fifth Place — Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi
- Sixth Place — Abou Konate
- Seventh Place — Patrik Herczik
- Eighth Place — Khaled El Nahawy
- Ninth Place — Miguel Malimo
- Tenth Place — Valeri Enchev
The 2023 Dubai Pro featured an absolutely stacked Men’s Physique lineup. When it was time to step on stage, prejudging saw Abisai Pietersz’s conditioning and wide back impress the judges early, and they kept him close to center stage as a result. Pietersz’s last show saw him place outside the top 15 at the 2022 Olympia competition, won by Erin Banks.
Adeyemi Awoyemi also appeared eager to win gold and the cash prize. With shape, proportions, and muscle detail, picking a winner proved to be difficult tonight. Competing last weekend at the 2023 Europa Pro Championships, Awoyemi has kept active and his physique looked fresh and full during the finals. In the end, Adeyemi Awoyemi pulled off the big win in Dubai! Abisai Pietersz picked up second place and Youseff Hassan placed third.
- Winner — Adeyemi Awoyemi
- Second Place — Abisai Pietersz
- Third Place — Youseff Hassan
- Fourth Place — Sidy Pouye
- Fifth Place — Emile Walker
- Sixth Place — Carlos Asiedu Ocran
- Seventh Place — Imran Khan
- Eighth Place — Mahmood Al-Maghrabi
- Ninth Place — Hossein Karimi
- Tenth Place — Jiang Kun Zhi
2023 Dubai Pro Scorecards
That wraps up all of the action in Dubai this weekend. Our team at Fitness Volt wishes the winners the best of luck on the big Mr. Olympia stage in November!