In the late fall of 2022, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay will try for a rare accomplishment during the 2022 Mr. Olympia on Dec. 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Should the two-time reigning Mr. Olympia champion capture this year’s title, he will complete a historic three-peat. The superstar’s latest update on his training, mass, and physique might say he’s ready for the unique milestone.
On Sept. 22, 2022, Ellsbiay shared an Instagram post where his weight in two photos is 337.7 pounds. According to his post’s caption, they are the “last pictures” before he starts his “contest diet” for the 2022 Mr. Olympia.
Since 2016, Elssbiay has centered his focus on the Mr. Olympia accordingly. According to NPC News Online —aside from occasional guest-posing appearances and one third-place result at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival — the Olympia is the only sanctioned bodybuilding competition Ellsbiay has participated in that time frame.
Should Elssbiay win his third straight Mr. Olympia title, he will enter an exclusive company in the sport of bodybuilding. The only competitors to ever win the Mr. Olympia on at least three consecutive occasions are Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970-1973), Frank Zane (1977-1979), Lee Haney (1984-1991), Dorian Yates (1992-1997), Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005), and Phil Heath (2011-2017).
Ellsbiay’s final physique update for the 2022 competitive season is only a small change weight-wise from when he weighed in at 336 pounds in early August 2022. That weight update drew reactions from around the bodybuilding world. One of the more memorable impressions was from Nick Walker, who will attempt to challenge Ellsbiay’s title in December.
In an Aug. 13, 2022, appearance on the Fouad Abiad Media YouTube channel, Walker noted that “if he [Elssbiay] comes in shredded, he’s probably going to win again.” At the same time, Walker maintained that he thinks it could be a “good battle” between himself and Ellsbiay. Walker finished in fifth place during his Olympia debut in December 2021.
Walker isn’t the only one Elssbiay will have to topple to make Olympia history.
A who’s who group of elite competitors in the Men’s Open division features former winner Brandon Curry (2019), perennial contender Hadi Choopan, and ascending star Hunter Labrada. Reigning 212 champion Derek Lunsford will also join the Men’s Open division, potentially further adding to an already stacked field of top-notch athletes. (Note: Ellsbiay, Curry, Choopan, Labrada, and Walker comprised the respective top-five at the 2021 edition of the Olympia.)
It won’t be an easy task for Ellsbiay to take his ripped physique and enter a special pantheon of all-time greats with a third consecutive Olympia win. Though, those who make history rarely do so without overcoming challenging obstacles.
Featured image: @big_ramy on Instagram