Sunday, March 25, 2012

Victor Martinez Arnold Classic 2007 Winner

Famous Bodybuilder Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez

About Victor Martinez : Victor Martinez (born July 29, 1973) is an International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) professional bodybuilder, the second Dominican bodybuilder to turn professional.

The first being Tony Domenench from Puerto Plata, who turned pro in 1995. His career highlights has been winning the Arnold Classic in 2007 and finishing runner-up at the 2007 Mr. Olympia. He signed a contract on a sponsorship deal with Maximum Human Performance who also sponsors Michael Kefalianos.

Martinez's career was launched when he competed in the 1997 National Physique Committee (NPC) New York Metro Championships as a light heavyweight, where he placed first. He continued competing in NPC tournaments until 2001, where he competed in his first IFBB tournament, the Night of Champions, where he placed 8th.

The following year, in 2002, he competed in his first Arnold Classic, and placed 13th. He also competed in his first Ironman Pro Invitational the same year, placing 9th. In 2003 he went on to Win the Night of Champions. His first Mr. Olympia came in 2004, where he placed 9th, but he advanced to 5th place in 2005, 3rd place in 2006, and 2nd place in 2007 In 2005 Ronnie Coleman predicted that Martinez would be his successor as Mr. Olympia, although this position is held by Phil Heath.

 In 2007, Martinez took first at the Arnold Classic. Martinez later finished second to Jay Cutler at the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest. In January 2008, Martinez underwent surgery to repair his left patellar tendon which ruptured while he was performing warm-up lunges.

Due to the severity of the injury, he was unable to compete in either the 2008 Arnold Classic or 2008 Mr. Olympia contests.

Victor Martinez Bodybuilder

On July 2009, Martinez's sister Eridania Rodriguez, disappeared from work at a NY skyscraper under mysterious circumstances. She was found deceased 4 days later inside of a ventilation shaft on the floor where she was working. Martinez competed in the 2009 IFBB Arnold Classic placing 2nd., Martinez was co-owner of the Muscle Maker Grill in Edgewater NJ and is the spokesperson for the franchise as a whole.

He has currely lost the business due to being incarcerated for more than 6 weeks for immigration violations. Martinez has 2 sons, Justin and Jared and 2 daughters, Victoria and Zayde., IFBB Pro Victor Martinez was arrested on returning to the U.S. on October 9th, 2011, after winning the Arnold Europe in Madrid, Spain.

His permanent resident card had expired and, due to his criminal record for selling steroids in 2004, it was not renewed. Instead, he was sent to a detention center in New Jersey to awaiting a deportation hearing that could send him back to his native Dominican Republic.

He was denied bail. According to a related source, a few of the documents were not in order and the announcement of the date of Martinez' final hearing is now postponed until February 24th, 2012. Martinez attorneys believe that the final court date will be sometime in April or May.

He is being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in South Kearny, NJ.

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