Cedric McMillan Wins FIBO Power 2013

A lackluster show with an expected result, FIBO Power 2013 raises questions as to how top five placings are actually determined

April 15, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

The FIBO Power show went down this past Saturday in Cologne, Germany and there really were no surprises. With Toney Freeman pulling out to concentrate on the Arnold Classic Brazil later this month, all Cedric McMillan had to do was show up and he’d be handed the massive first place trophy and a cheque for $25,000. The sad truth is, that’s all Cedric did – he just showed up. I’ve seen the pics, I’ve seen the videos, I’ve read through the forums. Other than the names of IFBB Pro’s on the competitors list, FIBO Power did not even come close to resembling an IFBB sanctioned event. At best, it was a guest posing showcase of bodybuilders several weeks out from a real show.

The Top 5 at this year's FIBO Power:

Winner: Cedric McMillan
2nd: Johnnie Jackson
3rd: Ed Nunn
4th: Robert Piotrkowicz
5th: Ronny Rockel

In my opinion the only competitor who actually looked like a Pro on stage was Robert Piotrkowicz. Do I think Piotrkowicz deserved first place? Absolutely! Did I have faith in the judging panel to do the right thing and award the top prize to the competitor who brought the best physique on the day of competition? Not a chance in hell! Like most bodybuilding fans I know how the game is played. That’s why it’s so easy to predict the top five of most shows even if they’re several months away. Placings at most – scratch that – placings at all IFBB shows are determined by the competitors name and their marketing potential rather than on how their physiques looked that day. It pains me to say this, but it’s true.

Most of you are probably shaking your heads at what I’ve just written and will regurgitate what they’ve read on the forums about the poor lighting on the FIBO Power stage. I’ll give you that, the lighting was horrible, but if you’re honest with yourself and open your eyes, and mind, you’ll clearly see that Cedric did not deserve first place. I like Cedric McMillan and I think he can be the future of the sport, but Saturday was just not his day. Bad lighting or not, you can clearly see that Cedric was flat, had no quads and his abs were just weird looking. On the other hand, Robert Piotrkowicz was shredded, his quads were super detailed and his most muscular just blew everyone off the stage. I’m not picking on Cedric, I think Johnnie was not at his best either, Ed Nunn should have just stayed home or at least learned how to apply color and as for Rockel, I actually think he looked pretty sharp in comparison. Overall, I’m not sure how serious most of these competitors took this show or how much traveling to Germany took a toll on their contest prep, but FIBO Power was far from a professional event.

Look, I respect all of these athletes and know just how hard they bust their asses to get into contest shape and the last thing I want to do is rain on Cedric’s victory parade. I just wish the judges would stop rewarding mediocre performances. Time and time again, the judges are handing out these gifts to competitors based on their name or their potential while more deserving, lesser marketable guys are getting shafted. Everyone on that stage puts in the same amount of work and deserves to be judged on the physique they bring to the stage on the night of competition, but that’ll never happen. That’s it, my rant is over.

Full Results:

1. Cedric McMillan
2. Johnnie Jackson
3. Ed Nunn
4. Robert Piotrkowicz
5. Ronny Rockel
6. Daniel Toth
7. Michael Kefalianos
8. An Nguyen
9. Dainius Barzinskas
10. Jeff Long
11. Zaher Moukahal
12. Baito Abbaspour
13. Jaime Atienza
14. Vincente Santamaria Martinez
15. Anton Breznik
16. Mohammad Ali Bannout

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 Nine2Fit.tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.