The anticipation is palpable, the stage is set, and the bodybuilding world is excited as we approach the 2023 Mr. Olympia. With each passing day, the speculation grows, and fans are eager to know who will claim the title of the world’s top bodybuilder.
This comprehensive analysis will count down the top 10 contenders who will grace the Olympia stage this year, from established champions to rising stars.
The battle for supremacy promises to be unforgettable, and the competition is fiercer than ever. Let’s dive into our predictions.
Regan Grimes (Canada)
His one-point decision win over Nathan De Asha in Spain showcased his determination and undeniable potential.
Regan Grimes‘ recent physique update on Instagram left fans in awe, with his muscularity, vascularity, and conditioning generating tremendous anticipation for his Olympia appearance.
Michal Krizanek (Slovakia)
Michal Krizo’s confidence is evident as he aims to crack the top eight at this year’s Olympia. While his expectations are high, he remains grounded and committed to his journey.
Nathan De Asha (United Kingdom)
Nathan De Asha, a fan favorite in the Men’s Open division, takes the eighth position. Nathan De Asha’s remarkable physique, characterized by a chiseled upper body and massive legs, has earned him a prominent place in the IFBB Pro League.
Hunter Labrada (USA)
This will mark his fourth appearance on the Olympia stage. Hunter Labrada’s determination to improve on his 2022 seventh-place finish is palpable.
His relentless pursuit of peak condition, as showcased in a recent push workout video on YouTube, reflects his ambition to make a significant impact at the Olympia.
Chinedu Andrew Obiekea (UAE)
Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, hailing from Nigeria and currently based in the UAE, lands in the sixth position on our list.
As he is known, Andrew Jacked gained fame through a diverse athletic background that includes kickboxing, CrossFit, and engineering.
His impressive physique and victories at the EBBF Ajmaan contest and the 2022 Arnold Classic Amateur earned him IFBB pro status.
Andrew Jacked’s Olympia debut in 2022 saw him place eighth, a remarkable achievement considering the competition.
Nick Walker (USA)
Nick “The Mutant” Walker represents the USA and ranks fifth on our list. Nick Walker’s journey in professional bodybuilding began in 2020, and he made an immediate impact by winning the 2021 Arnold Classic and securing third place at the prestigious 2022 Mr. Olympia.
Nick Walker’s passion for the sport and his dedication to constant improvement have garnered him a strong following.
Brandon Curry (USA)
Brandon Curry’s determination to recapture the title after a 2021 second-place finish and 2022 fourth-place finish underscores his unwavering commitment to excellence.
Samson Dauda (United Kingdom)
Derek Lunsford (USA)
Derek Lunsford takes the spotlight in the second position. His transition from the 212 division to the Men’s Open category has been remarkable.
Derek Lunsford’s structural balance, impeccable shape, and unmatched conditioning have earned him a dedicated following. Despite narrowly missing the title in his Olympia debut last year, Derek Lunsford is poised for greatness.
With an entire off-season to add quality size and the guidance of Hany Rambod, Derek Lunsford is on the cusp of historic victory.
Hadi Choopan (Iran)
Hadi Choopan’s physique is characterized by granite-hard conditioning, impeccable muscle separation, and astonishing density.
Under the tutelage of his esteemed coach, Hany Rambod, Hadi Choopan aims to bring an even more remarkable package to defend his title.
While his competitors have made significant strides, underestimating Hadi Choopan would be unwise.