Samson Dauda continues to gain momentum in the viciously competitive IFBB Pro League Men’s Open division. Over last weekend, Dauda shocked his fans while guest posing at the 2023 USA Fit Games and revealed he’s weighing 327 pounds.
The potential of Dauda was evident from the start of his bodybuilding career. Though, in 2022, he gained considerable momentum. Fans saw him claim a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Arnold Classic and Boston Pro. Making his way to the Olympia for the first time, Dauda exceeded expectations and finished sixth. During the event, he proved himself standing against the former two-time champion Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay, who ultimately slid to fifth.
Without an invite to this year’s Olympia event, Dauda returned to the 2023 Arnold Classic. He faced stiff competition from fellow frontrunners Nick Walker and Andrew Jacked. While some in the sport found the results controversial, Dauda won and earned his way to this year’s prestigious show.
Dauda understands getting past Olympia runner-up Derek Lunsford, and champ, Hadi Choopan will be no easy task. In a Muscular Development interview, Dauda explained that the only way he could win 2023 Mr. Olympia gold was by thickening his back. And if his latest guest posing appearance is a sign of his progress, it appears Dauda is in a favorable position to do well at this year’s Olympia.
Samson Dauda Staying Active With Guest Posing in 2023 Off-Season, Shows Off Physique at 327 Lbs
‘Everything is bigger in Texas,’ as was the case with Samson Dauda’s latest guest posing appearance at 327 pounds.
“Guest posing today at @usafitgames
In Dallas Texas
327lbs” Dauda wrote.
In May, he joined a star-studded lineup of Men’s Open guest posers at the 2023 Pittsburgh Pro. Samson shared the stage with Walker, Hunter Labrada, Big Ramy, Shaun Clarida, and Derek Lunsford. In the aftermath, most fans agreed that Dauda and Lunsford stood out as favorites ahead of the next Mr. Olympia.
A month later in April, Dauda took over the stage at the 10x Ben Weider 2023 to guest pose. He looked incredible and still conditioned despite enjoying a rebound period. Given the artistic nature and detail of his posing routines, it’s safe to say his busy schedule is paying off.
Even though he defeated ‘The Mutant’ in Columbus, Ohio, Nick Walker doesn’t seem to be concerned with Samson Dauda ahead of Olympia this year. He has no crystal ball but Walker predicted that 2023 Mr. Olympia will see either himself or Derek Lunsford win gold. It should be noted that eight-time winner Ronnie Coleman believes Lunsford will end Choopan’s reign when they rematch.
Steve Weinberger, who often serves as the head judge for Arnold Classics and Mr. Olympias, said that Dauda could push into the top three this year with added back improvements. He specified that Dauda will also need to keep a similar level of size that he presented last December.
Meanwhile, other competitors in the Open, such as William Bonac, believe Choopan is likely to defend successfully in November. Nevertheless, should Dauda thicken his back and add more detail, he and his coach Milos Sarcev are confident they could disrupt the lineup and win the 2023 Mr. Olympia show.