February 6, 2023

2021 Big Man Bodybuilding Pro Preview

Alicante, Spain hosted the 2021 Europa Pro bodybuilding show earlier in the year, and they received a second show for the calendar year. The 2021 Big Man Weekend show is scheduled to take place on Nov. 28, 2021. Ten IFBB Pro League divisions will host contests at this show.

Aside from the honor of being declared champion, all winners will earn automatic invites to the 2022 Olympia, taking place in December of 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The headlining division of this show is the Men’s Open. Twelve competitors will vie for the title and Olympia invite. With many familiar names absent from the lineup, this could be an opportunity for a new star in the sport to emerge. The full competitor list, updated as of Nov. 23, 2021, is below:

2021 Big Man Bodybuilding Pro Men’s Open

  • Khaled Al Kazem
  • Mohammad Alnsoor
  • Morgan Aste
  • Angel Calderon
  • Cedric Durand
  • Dani Kaganovich
  • Ahmet Kocak
  • Emir Omeragic
  • Gian Enrico Pica
  • Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Fabio Romagnolo
  • Jan Turek

[Related: Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan Announces He Will Compete at the 2022 Arnold Classic]

Favorites to Watch

Below are the athletes to keep your eyes on that have huge potential to post big finishes:

Emir Omeragic

Omeragic just earned his pro card this year. He finished in seventh place at the 2021 Prague Pro, which was won by Samson Dauda. Five of the six men who placed above him at that contest had Olympia experience. He then followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Romania Muscle Fest, which was won by Rafael Brandao. 

Omeragic gained confidence from each show — a big factor for his success in Alicante. He works with coach Chris Aceto, who helps him arrive as ripped as possible. If Omeragic’s muscles are full without holding too much water, he could take the victory.

Angel Calderon

Calderon has been a 212 competitor, and he won the 212 contest in the 2021 Romania Muscle Fest. He opted to compete in the Open for this show. His upper body is tremendous from both the front and the back. His legs aren’t small, but his upper body can overpower them when he is facing the judges. It will be interesting to see how he fares against the larger competitors. It is entirely possible he can win this show, as evidenced by 2020 Olympia 212 Champion Shaun Clarida’s victory at the 2021 Legion Sports Fest.

Mohammad Alnsoor

Alnsoor’s last contest appearance was a seventh-place finish at the 2021 Europa Pro, also held in Alicante. The winner of that contest was Nathan De Asha. His quads had feather-like striations; a sign of how lean he is. He also looks very impressive when performing side poses such as the side chest. 

[Related: Arnold Classic Champion Nick Walker’s Offseason Leg Workout and 2022 Olympia Plans]

Other Divisions

The full list of competitors for all divisions is below in alphabetical order. Counting the Men’s Open, there are 120 pro competitors scheduled to compete at the 2021 Big Man Pro at the time of this article’s publication. All winners move on to the 2022 Olympia. The second through fifth-place finishers earn Tier 4 points in the Olympia Qualification Series if those athletes haven’t already qualified for the Olympia:

  • Second Place — four points
  • Third Place — three points
  • Fourth Place — two points
  • Fifth Place — one point

212 Division

  • Abdulrahaman Alkhashti
  • Steve Benthin
  • Vladimir Iakovlev
  • Morteza Mashayekh Kordkola
  • Oleh Kryvyi
  • Paul Latham
  • Naser Mohamed
  • Julian Lee Ramdhari
  • Jamie do Rego
  • Jesus Fernandez Riveiro
  • Daniel Sticco
  • Samir Troudi
  • Haitham Al Zadjali

Classic Physique

  • Ayham Alaws
  • Victor Bortoletto
  • Miguel Bugilone
  • Julian Castano
  • Luca Corrado
  • Luqas Fogelberg
  • Ahmed Hameed
  • Ahmad Mahmoud
  • Saverio Mangione
  • Luis Garcia Martinez
  • Jose Mete Bueriberi
  • German Pastor
  • Roberto Martinez Pizana
  • Ruben Lopez Reyes
  • Jesus Rodriguez Sendra
  • Jamie Vergara Hernandez

Men’s Physique

  • Abdulaziz Almohandes
  • Miguel Perez Alonso
  • Abdullah Al-Sabea
  • Andrea Antonelli
  • Christoph Baumann
  • Alessandro Cavagnolo
  • Jeffrey Darko
  • Ismael Dominguez
  • Daniele D’Onofrio
  • Furkan Er
  • Alexis Gonzalez
  • Valentin Guilloux
  • Denis Gusev
  • Daniel Leone
  • Li-Hsuan Liu
  • Jamie Maso Lopez
  • Andrea Mosti
  • Ricardo Paul
  • Jessy Pigury
  • Edison Ramirez
  • Manual Santalucia
  • Nicola Scarpa
  • Ammar Shlash
  • Abel Sousa
  • Omar Suleiman
  • Dawid Wachelka
  • Emile Walker

Women’s Bodybuilding

  • Nadia Capostosto
  • Ivana Dvorakova
  • Claudia Mocciaro
  • Sonia Cabre Pasano
  • Felicia Spatarescu
  • Yesenia Garcia Speck

Women’s Physique

  • Ilaria Armeni
  • Marie Bouchalova
  • Alejandra Chacon
  • Yaiza Miranda Gonzalez
  • Jeannine Gross
  • Modesta Halby
  • Jeanette Johansson
  • Sophie Leo
  • Anne-Lorraine Mohn
  • Sanna Nupponen
  • Alida Opre
  • Raluca Raducu
  • Caroline Alves Dos Santos
  • Alessandra Da Silva


  • Corrine Elizabeth Bean
  • Susana Beatriz Cacavieli
  • Abbie Elsner
  • Giorgia Foroni
  • Minna Pajulahti


  • Veronica Gallego Garcia
  • Jasmina Sanchez Gomez
  • Khrystyna Kavetska
  • Gabriela Linhartova
  • Tereza Linhartova
  • Natashs Novak
  • Paula Ranta
  • Konnie Slyziute


  • Ivanna Escandar
  • Sara Fratella
  • Stine Hansen
  • Ashley Kaltwasser
  • Tatiana Lanovenko
  • Jasmine Nicholson
  • Lisa Reith
  • Rukiye Solak
  • Aneta Szoltysek
  • Elisabet Vang


  • Sandra Colorado Acal
  • Lauren Barton
  • Ayseful Besil
  • Michelle Capponi
  • Leonida Ciobu
  • Dainora Dvarionaite
  • Juliana Mota Esteso
  • Maria Paulette
  • Figen Sahin
  • Carly Thornton

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