Mass monster Samson Dauda is determined to topple Hadi Choopan later this year at the 2023 Mr. Olympia competition. He’s riding high off momentum following his big win in Ohio at the Arnold Classic in March. In a recent Cutler Cast Podcast, Samson’s coach Milos Sarcev joined Cutler to discuss ‘The Nigerian Lion’s’ new and improved 330-pound physique.
In addition, Milos Sarcev revealed his predictions for the top three finishers of the Olympia competition taking place from Nov. 2-5.
Equipped with aesthetics, a slim waist, mass, and proportions, Samson Dauda checks a lot of boxes as an Open talent in the IFBB Pro League. In addition to sporting a monstrous frame, Dauda has made a name for himself with detailed and graceful posing routines.
Samson Dauda soared to the top of the Open class in 2022, making a splash at a few competitions. He impressed with a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Arnold Classic and Boston Pro, where he showcased his mass and crisp conditioning. But he saved his best for last, as he took the Olympia stage by storm. In his debut appearance, he finished sixth and gave the reigning Mr. Olympia, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, a tough battle during the prejudging rounds.
Months later, Samson Dauda decided to go all-in at the 2023 Arnold Classic. He cemented himself as the winner after a close show with contenders Nick Walker and Andrew Jacked. While some found the outcome controversial, the victory earned Dauda his Olympia qualification and set him up as a viable contender to challenge Hadi Choopan‘s throne.
Milos Sarcev Shares His Top 3 2023 Mr. Olympia Predictions
“Samson first. Derek second and Hadi third,” said Milos Sarcev. “It could happen, yeah. I think that’s definitely the top three in whichever order.”
“Listen, I Won the Olympia Four Times… That’s Going to Scare People” – Jay Cutler, Sarcev Talk Samson Dauda’s Physique
Cutler believes if Samson’s competition saw what he looked like right now, they’d be concerned.
“Samson, I hope you watch this. You want to stir it up? Post that [physique update]. That will change – I said on the last one, ‘Oh, no one is talking about Samson.’ I kind of like after I say some things I’m like damn, some people are talking about it. But like, all the hype right now, ‘It’s oh, what’s Derek going to show up like and Hadi is a mystery and Nick Walker.’ How can I see it, these guys are more out there, on social media showcasing it.”“Listen, I won the Olympia four times… that’s going to scare people,” said Cutler. “It’s one of those things, we keep talking about we were blown away by Derek’s back and we consider him like, listen you train Samson, Derek is very dangerous right, he’s impressive. It can’t just be one body part, right? So, when you look at Samson go through those turns and you mentioned this”
“It’s like you got to – with the transition and he actually has a small waist. It actually blows you away even more because I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a guy – I guess Ramy was upwards in that weight. But it just seems like Samson’s proportions are more, how can I say more streamlined, more appealing to look at I guess?” said cutler.
“With Samson, he’s got crazy legs, crazy shoulders, everything,” added Cutler. “People ask opinions on who I think is going to win. This is the year – we talked about Andrew Jacked, ‘Oh he could come in and win the first time, we talked about it all year and what happened, he ended up [eighth]. Which is amazing. I’m not doing that this year [predictions].”
“We need to be even better conditioned than the Arnold Classic. We have to better than that. He’s probably going to be slightly bigger than that because he’s constantly improving, he’s so committed. You’ve seen the video right, that was 330 [pounds]. And 330 now compared to 330 last year, better 330, wider,” said Sarcev.“I love his chances. We respect everybody, I love his chances because one thing that I would say even Steve Weinberger says his favorite physique is Lee Haney 1991. Let me correct it, having the body of anybody would be Lee Haney’s physique but when I asked him Lee Haney 91 or Dorian Yates 93, he said Dorian Yates in 1993 didn’t look human.”
Carlos Thomas Jr. & Andrew Jacked Discussion
“The whole community is waiting for the unveiling of Andrew and Hunter because we know all the other guys are good. But there’s a new guy. Now, this weekend they’re kind of throwing in the mix [Carlos Thomas Jr.] but it’s a little premature I think,” said Cutler.“It’s going to be interesting to see if he made the improvements, I think he’s made considerable improvements,” said Milos Sarcev.“He’s [Carlos Thomas Jr.] very improved, I have pictures in my phone actually of what he looks like today,” replied Cutler.“We need to see him in condition and we need to see tie-ins. My biggest concern is anyone that stands next to Andrew – he just – beats people with tie-ins and just crazy proportions and the size… and the width… the height. So, that’s going to be tough [for Carlos Thomas Jr.].”