2022 Mr. Big Evolution Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview – BarBend

The 2022 Mr. Big Evolution Pro is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Estoril, Portugal. Ten of the IFBB Pro League’s 11 divisions will hold contests to determine who qualifies for the 2022 Olympia, scheduled for Dec. 16-18, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. The only division that is not represented is the Wheelchair division.

The headline division at this show is the Men’s Open. Thirteen bodybuilders will take the stage. The roster for that contest is below in alphabetical order:

2022 Mr. Big Evolution Bodybuilding Roster | Men’s Open

  • Morgan Aste
  • Tim Budesheim
  • Roberto Buonomo
  • Peter Klancir
  • Sergio Lima
  • Pablo Llopis Munoz
  • Andrea Muzi
  • Cem Nazim
  • Andrea Presti — Reigning Champion
  • Fabio Romagnolo
  • Sarham Sarhan
  • Vladyslav Sukhoruchko
  • Antonio Valero Tuinenburg

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Below are three athletes who could make waves in Portugal when they step on stage.

Andrea Presti

Presti is the defending champion at this contest. That victory in 2021 was his first pro win and the only pro victory thus far in his pro career. He’s competed three times in 2022 — scoring a pair of second-place finishes in the New York Pro and Orlando Pro, and a seventh-place rank at the California State Pro.

The Orlando contest was less than one week before the show in Portugal. If he can maintain his conditioning while traveling overseas, he will be in position to go back-to-back.

Tim Budesheim

Budesheim was the runner-up to Presti in 2021. That contest was when many fans became aware of Budeshiem for the first time. This will be his first competition in 2022, so he may come back bigger and better.

The matchup between Budesheim and Presti will be an interesting one. Budesheim’s proportions are good, and his overall symmetry makes his physique stand out. If the German can get rid of the water beneath his skin to reveal maximum definition, he stands a good chance of winning this show.

Andrea Muzi

Muzi placed fourth at the California Pro in May 2022. The fifth-year pro from Italy is still hunting for his first pro win and an Olympia debut.

Muzi appeared bigger than years past when he competed in San Diego, CA. He will need to be shredded to have a chance to win this show. He’s certainly capable of that, and the other contenders shouldn’t sleep on him.

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Other Divisions

The athlete rosters for the other nine divisions are below. In total, over 140 IFBB Pros will represent 35 different countries, making this a significant international contest. All winners move on to the Olympia while top five finishers will earn Tier 4 points towards the Olympia Qualification System. The top three finishers in that system at the end of the season will also move on to the Olympia.


  • Steve Benthin
  • Andrea Bolzoni
  • Marco Cardona
  • Raphael Chevailler
  • Pasquale D’Angelo
  • Hameed Juna
  • Michael Schneider
  • Daniel Sticco

Classic Physique

  • Oman Naser Alden
  • Keivan Alichi
  • Aldin Alijagic
  • Julio Cesar Almiento
  • Nestor Martinez Carbonell
  • Julian Castano
  • Pedro Miguel da Silva Ferreira
  • Ethan Gohari
  • Issa Al Hasani
  • Paulo Henrique
  • Philipp Jendreiek
  • Mohammad Mahmoudi
  • Luis Garcia Martinez
  • Fabian Mayr
  • Giovanni Randazzo
  • Marco Ruz
  • Norbert Zakar-Balogh

Men’s Physique

  • Mahmut Alan
  • Welington Rodrigo de Souza Barbosa
  • Anthony Bessala
  • Ali Bilal
  • Daniele D’Onofrio
  • Furkan Er
  • Febo Gambacorta
  • Ali Jaffar
  • Burak King
  • Damian Kujtkowski
  • Benedikt Lukas
  • Ruben Marques
  • Filipe Martins
  • Elton Mota
  • Paulo Nunes
  • Manoj Patil
  • Abisai Pietersz
  • Jessy Pigury
  • Sidy Pouye
  • Kenny Privet
  • Nelson Rodrigues
  • Manuel Santalucia
  • Tristan Van der Bijl
  • Leonardo Vecchiato
  • Dawid Wachelka

Women’s Bodybuilding

  • Alcione Barreto
  • Claudia Mocciaro
  • Branka Njegovec
  • Yesenia Garcia Speck

Women’s Physique

  • Birgit Andersch
  • Ilaria Armeni
  • Lena Frenkel
  • Amandine Kolly
  • Barbara Menage
  • Manuella Monteiro
  • Sanna Nupponen
  • Alida Opre
  • Paloma Parra
  • Elena Aviles Romero
  • Caroline Alves dos Santos
  • Marina Schermer


  • Corrine Elizabeth Bean
  • Alix Small


  • Alessia Amore
  • Ayra Bahar
  • Oyku Basar
  • Pamela Colombo
  • Rahel Cucchia
  • Glynis Van Drunen
  • Manon Dutilly
  • Ashley Felperin
  • Nadine Claudia Huber
  • Sara Kinnvik
  • Gabriela Linhartova
  • Adela Ondreyovicova
  • Carmen Penalvar
  • Hannah Prause
  • Lena Ramsteiner
  • Paula Ranta
  • Sophia Sammee
  • Roberta Visintainer


  • Giuss Abbate
  • Anastasia Gonzalez Andreu
  • Jasmi Aprile
  • Cheila Baronet
  • Solidea Bellia
  • Debora Boff
  • Kristina Brunauer
  • Claudia Clemente
  • Noemi Cosentino
  • Martyna Derlat
  • Lucy Edwards
  • Ivanna Escandar
  • Liana Giannamore
  • Stine Hansen
  • Cassie Hunter
  • Noemi Lavacca
  • Lucrezia Marchi
  • Chloe Margraitner
  • Eszter Oczella
  • Rosario Asala Orihuela
  • Camilla Porfito
  • Lisa Reith
  • Jule Schwabe
  • Anna Setlak
  • Rukiye Solak
  • Eleonora Sundas
  • Giuditta Taccani


  • Sandra Colorado Acal
  • Lauren Barton
  • Jessica Basso
  • Leonida Ciobu
  • Daniela Deiana
  • Tracy Eden
  • Maria Gongora
  • Houda Hmini
  • Anzhelika Ispodnikova
  • Carina Marques
  • Lisa Meiswinkel
  • Catia Moreira
  • Debora Paula de Oliveira
  • Pernille Mindahl Ramussen
  • Synara Santana
  • Catarina de Sousa
  • Nerilda Garcia Strey
  • Carly Thornton
  • Simara Walter

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