2022 Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview

The second half of the 2022 bodybuilding season is underway.

The 15th edition of the Tampa Pro is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa, FL. The Tampa Pro is one of the bigger bodybuilding shows of the year, as 10 of the 11 divisions in the IFBB Pro League will have contests to determine who will qualify for the 2022 Olympia weekend, scheduled for Dec. 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV.

The men’s open lineup features 13 competitors, including two superstars who have garnered a lot of attention leading up to the contest. Here’s the full roster for the men’s open:

2022 Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Show | Roster

  • Morgan Aste
  • Eddie Bracamontes
  • Tim Budesheim
  • Phil Clahar
  • Kamal Elgargni
  • Quinton Eriya
  • Roman Fritz
  • Dorian Haywood
  • Henry Jackson III
  • Seung Chul Lee
  • Joseph Mackey
  • An Nguyen
  • Akim Williams

Who to Watch at the 2022 Tampa Pro

The Tampa Pro is packed to the brim with high-quality physique athletes — fresh faces and competitive veterans alike. Here’s a brief overview of just a few of the bodybuilders worth keeping an eye on:

Akim Williams

This will be Akim Williams’s first contest of 2022. Williams was originally scheduled to compete in the 2022 Arnold Classic, but was forced to withdraw after testing positive for the coronavirus. The 2021 Puerto Rico Pro champion has yet to qualify for the 2022 Olympia, so if he wants to move on to Vegas in December, he has to win big in Tampa.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Williams does have an opportunity to make a little history as well. In the contest’s 14-year history, no men’s open competitor has won it twice. Williams — who won the Tampa Pro in 2016 — could be the first.

Kamal Elgargni

Kamal Elgargni will be making his open debut at this contest, and he will also compete in the upcoming Texas Pro on Aug. 13, 2022. The 2019 Olympia 212 winner had been training with Nick Walker leading up to this show, and he’s feeling confident about his progress.

Even though he won’t have to make a certain weight in open, Elgargni won’t be counting on size to help his cause: His conditioning and symmetry will be what carries him in this show.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Elgargni can make some history himself at this contest. Only one past Olympia champion has won the Tampa Pro, and that was Dexter Jackson in 2019. Elgargni won the Olympia 212 title that same year, and he would become the second Olympia champ to win the men’s open in the Sunshine State.

Phil Clahar

Williams and Elgargni have been receiving a lot of attention leading up to the Pro, but Phil Clahar finished second in Tampa one year prior  (losing out to Iain Valliere). He’s hunting for his first pro win and the Olympia qualification that comes with it — if anyone can pull off the upset, it’s Clahar, a Masters competitor competing in his hometown.

Divisions at the 2022 Tampa Pro

The Tampa Pro will feature more than 200 IFBB Pro League athletes representing 15 nations. Nine other champions will be crowned at the Tampa Pro across bodybuilding’s various divisions, and all winners will move on to the Olympia. The only division that isn’t represented is the men’s wheelchair division.

The second-through fifth-place finishers for all divisions will earn Tier 2 points on the Olympia Qualification System. Here’s how that breaks down:

  • 2nd place – 8 points
  • 3rd place – 7 points
  • 4th place – 6 points
  • 5th place – 5 points

The top three finishers in that system will also be invited to the Olympia. Competitors that win shows throughout the season are removed from that list. The full rosters for the other nine divisions are listed below in alphabetical order.

212 Division

  • Kerrith Bajjo
  • Ivan Cabrera
  • Peter Castella
  • Sealy Cruz
  • Stephen Didoshak
  • Cody Drobot
  • Ahmed El Wardany
  • Nathan Epler
  • Yordon Hernandez
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Jason Joseph
  • John McGovern
  • Francisco Mercado Jr.
  • Darius Milton
  • Ricky Moten Jr.
  • Derik Oslan
  • Keone Pearson
  • Erik Ramirez
  • Emmanuel Rodriguez
  • Miguel Senior

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Classic Physique

  • Armando Aman
  • Adely Annorat
  • Theodore Atkins Jr.
  • Braden Bentley
  • Joe Brighty
  • Felix Burgos
  • Charles Donaldson
  • Derek Ewing
  • Keith Holmes
  • Joshua Langbein
  • Miguel G. Sanchez Lopez
  • Matt Maldonado
  • Courage Opara
  • Jason Ornella
  • Julius Page
  • Valentin Petrov
  • Kim Santos
  • Kiran Shrestha
  • Aaron Sparenberg
  • Daniel Sullivan
  • Winston Sullivan

Men’s Physique

  • Daniel Ammons
  • Chidube Anene
  • Josh Bridgman
  • Everett Davis
  • Dennis Dogbatse
  • Aroldson Etienne
  • Andre Ferguson
  • Jean Pierre Fernandez
  • Dmitri George
  • Joshua Goforth
  • Juan Gomez
  • Matthew Greggo
  • Cam Harris
  • Jeremy Henry
  • Xiolong Hong
  • Joseph James
  • Jarrett Jenkins
  • James Johnson
  • Burak King
  • Mike Lawhorne
  • Leo Mackesy
  • David Odom
  • Michael Otule
  • Steven Pettis
  • Deke Roderique-Walker
  • Byron Ross
  • Arya Saffaie
  • Mitchell Spadafore
  • Winston Sullivan
  • Micah Thomas Jr.
  • Rick Thomas
  • Evan Wells

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Women’s Bodybuilding

  • Chelsea Dion
  • Victoria Dominguez
  • Tina Mauer Guadarrama
  • Janeen Lankowski
  • Tamara Makar
  • Cheryl Mears
  • Pauline Nelson
  • Sheena Ohlig
  • Gabriela Pena
  • Sherry Priami
  • Jennifer Sweeney

Women’s Physique

  • Rachel Aronson
  • Orlandina Balan
  • Racheal Brewer
  • Suzanne Davis
  • Lindsey Dias
  • Luciana Esquilin
  • Jeannie Feldman
  • Lenka Ferencukova
  • Sumyra Ford
  • Eve Gagnon
  • Heather Grace
  • Lenore Gregson
  • Kiera Hall
  • Rosemary Hamilton
  • Ana Harias
  • Michelle Jones
  • Dani LaMartina
  • Robyn Mays
  • Toni McMurtre
  • Tembree N. Murphy
  • Yarelis Ramos Perez
  • Oksana Piari
  • Cindy Reyes
  • Ashlynn Richardson
  • Elena Aviles Romero
  • Diana Schnaidt
  • Michele Steeves
  • Blanca Villoch
  • Katherine Younger

Fitness

  • Corey Brueckner
  • Savannah Byczek
  • Maria Laura Cerbell
  • Alayne Corum
  • Cerise deCardenas
  • Michelle Gales
  • Tess Mikayla
  • Kamarae Morales
  • Cong Mou
  • Aurika Tyrgale

Figure

  • Bethany Abeln
  • Lynn Centino
  • Autumn Cleveland
  • Madison Dinges
  • Edith Driver
  • Kelly Durma
  • Joy Eve
  • Ashley Felperin
  • Tessa Ford
  • Kimberly Gallop
  • Rebecca Godwin
  • Kim Golembiewski
  • Donya “Dee” Jackson
  • Constance Jones
  • Ashley Kelsey
  • Sarah Kornhauser
  • Andi Lampert
  • Taylor Mauro
  • Taylor Meholick
  • Sara Myles
  • Jessica Reyes Padilla
  • Cherish Richardson
  • Larhannah Robinson
  • Paula Rojo
  • Mallory Rosado
  • Danielle Rose
  • Sabah Syed
  • Maggie Watson
  • Thais Cabrices Werner
  • Staci Willis
  • Martina Yabekova
  • Jennifer Zienert

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bikini

  • Merica Abbado
  • Susana Aramayo
  • Iulia Baba
  • Romina Basualdo
  • Milena Bonio
  • Jordan Brannon
  • Tamekia Carter
  • Tama Casilus
  • Danielle Combs
  • Ivanna Escandar
  • Amber Foster
  • Angie Garcia
  • Carla Garthwaite
  • Hope Gonzalez
  • Jasmine Gonzalez
  • Niccole Guggia
  • Daraja Hill
  • Michelle Hurst
  • Christine O’Malley
  • Shelby Pierce
  • Kristen Reilly
  • Soily Rivadeneira
  • Monica Rubio
  • Angela Ruscili
  • Celia Sierra
  • Cristiane S. Silveira
  • Whitney Spence
  • Michelle Targonska
  • Aimee Leann Velasquez
  • Reba Williams
  • Jodie Yuncker

Wellness

  • Alexis Adams
  • Nicollette Burns
  • Diana Laura Verduzco Carreno
  • Daphney Carter
  • Cinzia Massaro Clapp
  • Bridgiamell Rodriguez Cruz
  • Lili Dong
  • Andrea Hrenko
  • Alejandra La Fonseca
  • Priscilla Lynd
  • Valesca Macedo
  • Celeste Morales
  • Nerilde Garcia Strey
  • Amanda Werner
  • Kat Williams
  • Ashley Youssef

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The large roster of competitors across the sport’s many divisions indicates that the Tampa Pro will be a spectacle to behold. From bikini to Open bodybuilding, each category is sure to appease fans of the sport. 

How to Watch the 2022 Tampa Pro

Tampa is renowned in bodybuilding for hosting one of the sport’s more prestigious and competitive regional events. The stage is set for some spectacular presentation — and even better physiques.

Tim Gardner Productions is hosting a pay-per-view stream of the Tampa Pro, starting at a cost of $24.99. That pay-per-view can be accessed through the TGP website.

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