by Matt Weik
A few weeks ago, Dorian Yates teamed up with Patrick Bet-David on his YouTube platform Valuetainment, and many thought Dorian had tailed Brandon Curry while others thought it was justified. I'm not here to settle for a page, but a few weeks ago Patrick Brandon had curry on his show to talk about Olympics, bodybuilding, life, and of course the comments that came from Dorian's mouth. Patrick actually sent me a text message the evening before the live interview to inform me.
I do not think anyone who had an opinion from the Dorian interview saw the entire interview. I found it very open and honest and when you heard the full interview, Dorian was not there to finish the sport, but to voice his opinion on the state of the sport and to criticize the current bodybuilders from his point of view.
But I am not here to discuss anything with Dorian. If you wish, you can read my previous article about this interview another time. So, what exactly happened when Brandon Curry was sitting in the hot seat?
Humble through and through
Patrick has asked Brandon a lot of really good questions about bodybuilding, where it was and where it is today. He even asked Brandon about the current state of PED use in the sport Brandon opened. What blew me away was how humble Brandon was throughout the interview (which took about an hour and forty minutes).
Not once did Brandon Curry drop someone, talk badly about someone, or shy away from difficult questions and pretend it never happened. This is a very different tone from what we saw when Patrick had Phil Heath or even Dorian Yates in his show. Both seemed to be against sport, as demonstrated by their tone of voice and the way they answered certain questions.
Does the IFBB and / or Mr. Olympia do enough?
Brandon was asked if he thinks the IFBB and Mr. Olympia are doing enough for both the sport and the athletes. Patrick made a good point (especially from an outsider's point of view) that the IFBB and Mr. Olympia are not doing the current Mr. Olympia a favor. He went into detail about all the ways they could get involved – television commercials, cameos on TV shows, film roles, etc. Patrick also mentioned that he felt that Phil Heath had done something wrong by sharing all his winnings and dedication, He shrugged his shoulders and said he was the champion he is. They never did anything to promote Phil, and in 2018 they basically wrote him off before he lost to Shawn Rhoden, talking more about all the other rivals and paying no respects to Phil.
Honestly, a legitimate question was raised that Brandon Curry had raised that was 50/50. The bodybuilder should be looking for more work, and the other 50 should try to get the IFBB / Mr. Olympia out there to build the brands based on the current Mr. Olympia.
Another question that I have been saying for a long time is how much bodybuilders get paid. Look at professional athletes in the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the MLS – they are all paid regardless of whether they win or lose (or even whether they are on the pitch or not). Think about it. The average salary for an NFL freshman is $ 480,000. That's more than winning the Mr. Olympia Show. And the Olympia is the super bowl of bodybuilding. And this newbie just has to be an active squad. That does not mean he'll ever have to get into a game. Do you see where I'm going with it? It's almost impossible to earn a living as a bodybuilder if you are not in the top 5 in the world.
These athletes risk their health, body and finances just to compete. They do not get a contract every year for a certain salary just because they are part of the IFBB. No. They actually have to go out and win shows to earn a living, and from there they can win sponsors and supporters to earn extra money. However, there is no "rookie salary" for winning your Pro Card and IFBB membership.
Brandon Curry could be the best Mr. Olympia since Jay Cutler
Jay was such a good guy when he competed and until today he is one of the most down-to-earth and respected bodybuilders on the market. Brandon could try to fill his shoes from the perspective of a fan. Brandon keeps his nose clean. He does not say anything that he would regret in retrospect. He lets his body speak, which I really appreciate because the industry is full of shit-talkers who can not support it on the show day.
I know that Brandon has withdrawn from all to go to Kuwait for eating, sleeping and exercising in oxygen fitness. But now that he is Mr. Olympia, some sacrifices must be made. He has to be more in front of the fans now. He is now being asked to give more guest pose. He can not just say goodbye to his wife and children and get on a flight to Kuwait until Mr. Olympia rolls around again. It will be interesting to see how it all develops.
Are more bodybuilders planned for valuetainment?
Actually yes. In fact, you can know the one very well. His name is Ronnie Coleman. Heard of him? HAHA. I'm not sure when it's going to happen, but I hope Patrick puts his head back up. In addition, Patrick mentioned some other bodybuilders they wanted to get on – one of them called Lee Haney.
I think these interviews are great for the sport. Nobody conducts such interviews, which are a conversation about different topics. I greet Patrick for making these interviews with bodybuilders and raising awareness of the athletes and the sport. I say that because valuetainment is really known for its business and corporate content. But since Patrick loves fitness, wanted to become a bodybuilder many years ago, and idolized guys like Yates, Ray, and Wheeler in the military, I feel like Patrick likes to sit down with these guys.
As the interviews on the platforms continue to increase, I will continue to try to cover some of the most important topics.