Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan Officially Out Of the 2022 Arnold Classic

The 2017 champion will not compete in Columbus this year.

Cedric McMillan is not competing at the 2022 Arnold Classic. News of McMillan’s withdrawal started to circulate on Feb. 25, 2022. The Arnold Sports Festival confirmed directly to BarBend that McMillan is officially off the Men’s Open roster. At the time this article was published, McMillan has not made a statement. The ASF says McMillan withdrew due to personal health issues. 

McMillan also withdrew from the 2020 Mr. Olympia and 2021 Arnold Classic contests due to injuries. He is the fifth athlete to withdraw from the 2022 Arnold Classic. The others are 2021 Arnold Classic UK champion Nathan De Asha, Mohamed ShaabanRafael Brandao, and Akim Williams.

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With McMillan’s absence from the lineup, nine men are left to compete for bodybuilding’s second-biggest title on the weekend of March 4-5, 2022 in Columbus, OH. 


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McMillan’s Bodybuilding Career

Here is McMillan’s full pro career, according to NPC News Online:

  • 2012 IFBB New York Pro — First place
  • 2013 Arnold Sports Festival — Sixth place
  • 2013 IFBB FIBO Power — First place
  • 2013 IFBB New York — 12th place
  • 2013 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 12th place
  • 2014 Arnold Sports Festival — Third place
  • 2015 Arnold Sports Festival — Fourth place
  • 2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil — Second place
  • 2015 IFBB Golden State Championships — First place
  • 2015 IFBB Europa Atlantic City Pro — Second place
  • 2016 Arnold Sports Festival — Second place
  • 2016 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia — Second place
  • 2016 IFBB Mr. Olympia — Seventh place
  • 2017 Arnold Sports Festival — First place
  • 2017 IFBB Mr. Olympia — 10th place
  • 2017 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro — Second place
  • 2017 IFBB San Marino Pro — First place
  • 2018 Arnold Sports Festival — Third place
  • 2018 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow — Third place
  • 2018 IFBB Mr. Olympia — Ninth place
  • 2019 Arnold Sports Festival — Fourth place
  • 2019 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia — Second place
  • 2019 IFBB Mr. Olympia — Seventh place
  • 2019 IFBB Romania Muscle Fest Pro — First place
  • 2019 IFBB Japan Pro — Second place
  • 2020 Arnold Sports Festival — Sixth place
  • 2021 IFBB Legion Sports Fest Pro — withdrew

McMillan won the Arnold Classic in 2017 and he has six victories overall as a professional. The most recent of those wins was at the 2019 Romania Muscle Fest Pro. His most recent competition was the 2021 Legion Sports Fest Pro, but he withdrew from the contest after prejudging for health reasons. (2020 Olympia 212 champion Shaun Clarida won the Legion Sports Fest Pro.)

McMillan has dealt with various injuries and health issues over the last two years. This is the second year in a row that McMillan has withdrawn from the Arnold Classic. In 2021, he joined the commentary team to call the action throughout the weekend, which was met with positive reviews.

The Arnold Classic s scheduled to occur on the weekend of Mar. 4-5, 2022 in Columbus, OH. For more information, tickets, and access to the 2022 Arnold Classic pay-per-view, go to

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