The 2023 Arnold Classic now has two additional competitors.
On Thursday, it was announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold Sports raised the prize purse to $300,000 for the Men’s Open winner. This is a 50% raise from the 2022 show, where Brandon Curry was crowned champion. In 2020, Nick Walker was given $130,000 for his victory. The prize has gone up significantly in just two years.
Last Friday, the initial list was released for the Men’s Open division. It consisted of nine bodybuilders but Blessing Awodibu and Charles Griffen decided to back out. Since then, Walker decided to return to competition and now, Jacked and Moore have helped the roster get up to a total of nine.
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Andrew Jacked and Patrick Moore Join 2023 Arnold Classic
Andrew Jacked quickly burst onto the scene after winning both the 2022 Texas Pro and Arnold Classic UK. He finished eighth at the Olympia and set the stage for what could be a huge 2023. Jacked and Nick Walker will have quite the showdown on stage in Columbus.
“💥 ANDREW JACKED IS IN 💥
We are excited to announce that one year after taking home the 2022 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Overall title, @andrewjacked is returning to Columbus in pursuit of the title of Arnold Classic Champion!”
Patrick Moore is a two-time champion of the California Pro (2021,2019). Now, he will look to take on the Arnold Classic. It will be interesting to see if the field continues to grow now that the prize has been announced and increased significantly.