National Heroes

The 12 Greatest NPC National Champions of All Time



Darren Burns


IFBB contest wins: 5

Number of Mr. Olympia apperances: 7

Highest Mr. Olympia placing: 2nd

The Dominican Dominator swept both the heavyweight and overall Nationals in 2000, but needed a couple
of years to hit his stride as a pro, finishing out of posedowns in his first three contests. Then in 2003, Martinez nailed his conditioning to win the Night Of Champions, and in 2004, won the GNC Show of Strength before finishing ninth in his Mr. Olympia debut. Martinez’s breakthrough year proved to be 2007, with a win at the Arnold Classic and a controversial runner-up finish to Jay Cutler at the Mr. Olympia. With personal troubles offstage to rival any Mexican novella, Martinez has fought back each time to score wins at the 2011 Arnold Classic Europe and 2013 Toronto Supershow.

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