The 212 Showdown was introduced to the Mr. Olympia contest in 2012. It was formerly known as the 202 Showdown, with the inaugural show taking place in 2008. The IFBB pro league bumped the weight limit from 202 to 212 pounds to give the competitors more room for improvement in terms of muscular development. And, it has provided the smaller bodybuilders from the open class a chance to drop down in weight and be more competitive, rather than compete with the mass monsters and, in most cases, not place well as a result.
The Short History of the 202 Showdown
The 202 Showdown was held for only four years before being bumped up to 212 pounds. The first 202 Showdown was won by David Henry and the next three renditions of the show were won by Kevin English. Henry was able to win the first-ever contest thanks to his incredible aesthetics and excellent conditioning. However, once English nailed his conditioning, he was able to dominate the stage with his overwhelming muscle mass. English would actually cut down on water prior to the show to reach the 202-pound weight limit. This is a trick utilized by wrestlers prior to their matches and English just happens to be a former wrestler. So, he took full advantage of this technique and it has paid dividends, earning him three consecutive victories from 2009 to 2011.
The Beginning of the 212 Showdown
In 2012, a young bodybuilder by the name of James "Flex" Lewis broke through and won the first-ever 212 Showdown. English was not present to defend his crown as a result of an injured he suffered in the weeks leading to the contest. But Lewis did not have an easy field to battle against, as Henry was a part of the lineup, albeit not at his all-time best, although still impressive-looking. Henry was not able to compete the year prior in 2011 due to his military duties and the long layoff impacted his return to the stage in 2012. Other top 212-pound bodybuilders Lewis was able to defeat include Jose Raymond, Eduardo Correa and Sami Al Haddad.
And that leads us to the upcoming 212 Showdown at the 49th annual Mr. Olympia on September 26 to 29. This promises to be the best competition to date between the lighter-weight bodybuilders. Every one of the aforementioned names are qualified to compete in the show, with English making his highly anticipated return to try and reclaim his crown from reigning champion Lewis. Also, Henry looks to right the wrongs of the prior year and add another Olympia Showdown victory under his belt.
2013 Mr. Olympia 212 Showdown Qualifier List
The following is the finalized list of bodybuilders that have qualified for the 2013 Mr. Olympia 212 Showdown. The contestants are listed in alphabetical order and how they qualified for the show is written in parentheses.
- Al Haddad, Sami (first place in the Olympia Qualification Series)
- Alves, Troy (won the Europa Orlando 212)
- Auguste, Al (fifth place at the 2012 Olympia 212 Showdown)
- Masoom-Butt, Muhammad (fifth place in the Olympia Qualification Series)
- Carrasco Jimenez, Raul (fourth place in the Olympia Qualification Series)
- Cisternino, Guy (tied second place in the Olympia Qualification Series)
- Correa Da Silva, Eduardo (third place at the 2012 Olympia 212 Showdown)
- Dugdale, Mark (tied second place in the Olympia Qualification Series)
- English, Kevin (former Mr. Olympia Showdown winner, does not need to qualify)
- Henry, David (former Mr. Olympia Showdown winner, does not need to qualify)
- Jackson, Tricky (won the Chicago Pro 212)
- Lewis, James (former Mr. Olympia Showdown winner, does not need to qualify)
- Raymond, Jose (fourth place at the 2012 Olympia 212 Showdown)