Mar 17, 2009

Mike Kefalianos: Recent Shows

Kefalianos,"The Greek Beast," made his pro debut at the Australian Grand Prix this past weekend, just a week after competing as a amateur at the Arnold Classic in Columbus. Now you may have thought a IFBB Pro-level competitor should have at least won his class, but Kefalianos only placed third in the heavies (behind Pavel Kirilenko and Pablo Zayas) so did not even posedown for the Overall title.

In Oz he placed a respectable 4th (out of 9), and at least got to take the stage with three consummate pros Kai, Silvio and Toney Freeman (even if he wasn't in the first callout). With the top three already qualified for the 2009 Olympia, Kefalianos now also has an invite to the "big show" (if he chooses). If I were a judge I would have switched 4th and 5th, placing the 253lb Ivan Sadek ahead of Kefalianos (but who am I to judge).'s John Terilli (himself a two time NABBA Universe champ and IFBB Olympian) did the site's play-by-play calling Kefalianos' routine "technically good, and [we] can’t take anything away from him, but that it didn’t stir emotion."