Ronnie Coleman wasn’t the first bodybuilder to stand onstage at (nearly) three bills. Lou Ferrigno, for one, had done so more than a decade before, but the Hulk is six inches taller than the Big Nasty, and he didn’t come close to winning the Sandow. Coleman, who was officially listed at 287 in 2003 and 297 in 2004—just a biscuit shy of 300—won the Olympia eight times, including those two years. Now we have the even bigger Big Ramy. Mamdouh Elssbiay has hovered around the 300 mark in all five of his Olympias. Coleman retired six years before Elssbiay’s rookie campaign, denying us a 600-pound clash of the titans. However, through the magic of editing, we can contemplate a Big Ramy versus Big Nasty callout. And we can see a road map for how Elssbiay can, perhaps, chisel in enough cuts to possess not just the quantity but also the quality to become, like Coleman before him, Mr. Olympia.  


as of December 2017

  • PRO WINS: Coleman: 26 VS. Elssbiay: 5
  • YEARS AS PRO: Coleman: 16 VS. Elssbiay: 5
  • PRO CONTESTS: Coleman: 66 VS. Elssbiay: 14
  • OLYMPIAS: Coleman: 15 VS. Elssbiay: 5
  • OLYMPIA WINS: Coleman: 8 VS. Elssbiay: 0 
  • WEIGHT: Coleman: 295 VS. Elssbiay: 305
  • HEIGHT: Coleman: 5’11” VS. Elssbiay: 5’10”
  • BEST POSE: Coleman: Rear Lat Spread VS. Elssbiay: Front Lat Spread
  • WORST POST: Coleman: Abs & Thigh VS. Elssbiay: Abs & Thigh
  • STRENGTHS: Coleman: Back, Biceps, Thigh Size VS. Elssbiay: Back, Shoulders, Quad Mass
  • WEAKNESSES: Coleman: Abs, Calves VS. Elssbiay: Calves, Leg Separation