Men’s Open bodybuilder Samson Dauda has had a aggressive 12 months in 2022, however he nonetheless faces an uphill battle to benefit from his upcoming debut on the 2022 Mr. Olympia. “The Nigerian Lion” is each figuratively and actually one of many greatest upcoming names within the sport — and an August 24 Instagram submit proves it

“The Nigerian Lion” recurrently shares updates main as much as the upcoming 2022 Mr. Olympia, noting it’s his aim to have a powerful efficiency on the contest. His newest freakish physique seems to be a step in the fitting route. 

On August 24, 2022, Dauda shared a video on his Instagram the place his upper-body and lower-body mass look colossal as he works by totally different poses. According to the bodybuilder, he weighs 330 kilos on the time of the clip.

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Per the caption of his Instagram submit, 1989 Mr. Universe Milos Šarčev is Dauda’s coach. (Note: Šarčev additionally coaches Joe Mackey, one other Men’s Open athlete, and Men’s Open Olympia contender Regan Grimes.) Dauda partly credited Šarčev for serving to him attain his low season coaching aim. 

“Finally ending this off-season at 330 pounds, the exact number we hoped to hit but not for one minute did I really think I was really going to achieve it,” Dauda wrote. “But [Milos Šarčev] had no doubt.”

Dauda’s Rise

Dauda earned his International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League card in 2018. Ever since that time, the athlete has steadily improved performance-wise. According to NPC News Online, he got here in eleventh place on the 2018 Romania Muscle Fest Pro in his Pro League debut. The following 12 months noticed Dauda notch two top-10 performances within the 2019 Wings of Strength Pro (seventh) and the 2019 Vancouver Pro (eighth). (Note: Dauda has solely ever competed within the Men’s Open class)

In 2022, Dauda is having fun with among the finest outcomes of his profession to this point. The Nigerian athlete got here in fourth place on the 2022 Arnold Classic and adopted up with one other fourth-place end on the 2022 Boston Pro. Per the IFBB’s qualification requirements for the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Dauda’s efficiency within the latest Arnold Classic earned him a whopping eight factors within the standings. Dauda’s outcome within the Boston Pro garnered the athlete two factors. Those outcomes appeared to earn Dauda a berth within the 2022 Olympia — his debut on the contest. 

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Road to the Olympia

At the time of this text’s publication, Dauda seems to be deadset on making his debut on the Olympia this December a memorable one. After reaching his offseason aim weight-wise, the Nigerian competitor seems to be pushing himself and his energy to the restrict along with his look on bodybuilding’s grandest stage on the horizon. 

The 2022 Mr. Olympia will happen on December 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV. 

Featured picture: @samson__dauda on Instagram