Brandon Curry Wins 2013 Arnold Classic Brazil

April 28, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

Brandon Curry stepped on stage Saturday night in Brazil hoping to just hold his own against some of the sport’s biggest names. He ended up stepping off stage the Arnold Classic champion! Brandon Curry captured his first ever pro win, and deservingly so, but this show didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. Cedric McMillan was the fan favorite going in and I have a hunch that the judges prematurely penciled him in as the winner prior to the event. All he had to do was show up in decent shape and there’s a good chance the top spot and $85,000 prize would have been his. Unfortunately for Cedric, and the fans, he never got the chance to showcase his goods on stage, although he did put on a private show for Shawn Ray and a small group of observers about an hour before pre judging. His own worst enemy, Cedric McMillan arrived late to a mandatory meeting, blaming traffic for his extreme tardiness, and was disqualified from competition with a monetary fine still pending. But enough about Cedric, this night belonged to Brandon Curry.

Brandon Curry has made some vast improvements since placing seventh at the Europa Supershow back in August of last year. A big part of his success can be attributed to his partnering up with the “Maker of Champions” himself, George Farah. He’s brought up his legs considerably and his waist was tiny. Was he the most conditioned athlete at the Arnold? No. That designation belonged to Robert Piotrkowicz. Was Curry the biggest man on stage? No. Toney Freeman out-massed the entire lineup. But when you put all of the pieces together, Brandon Curry brought an impressive package to Brazil and he deserved the win and a Mr. Olympia qualification. Although he’s not a unanimous winner by any stretch of the imagination in the eyes of the fans, I can go to sleep knowing that the judges got this one right.


1. Brandon Curry
2. Toney Freeman
3. Johnnie Jackson
4. Edward Nunn
5. Fred Smalls
6. Robert Piotrkowicz
7. Michael Kefalianos
8. Hidetada Yamagishi
9. Ronny Rockel
10. Baitollah Abbaspour
11. Mohamad Bannout
12. Fernando Almeida
13. Francisco Bautista
DSQ. Cedric McMillan

Frank Hoffmann is a former NCAA and Professional CFL football player from Toronto, whose passion for health and fitness stems from his years as a personal trainer. Frank works as a freelance fitness and lifestyle writer while holding down a nine to five job and believes having a full-time job is no excuse to not be fit. Check out his fitness blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.