If a guy like Kamali can place at shows, Martin can...The only reason Martin didn't compete at THIS years Olympia and last years Olympia is because of politics...He is almost always one of the sharpest on stage if not the sharpest. And he out masses EVERYONE...he was 295lbs last time.
When Martin was in Spain a soft Ruhl and a blocky PACO (!) placed before him....and at the NY Pro a small Ben white placed before Martin, I think it was even between him and Craig Richardson, but he also placed before Martin. And Martin was in good shape... Compeditors with a known name will always place before others that are "unknown"..
At Atlantic City Pro people saw that some "judges" didn't even look at him!..they didn't even look at the stage! (literally!)... no wonder he placed 16th..
With that said - I don't think his physique is horrible actually. He's vascualar as hell and has a ton of mass, but I do think he is too blocky and just have a wierd look for some reason.
He also needs to pose better. And the posing bit, that was wastly improved in Rumania. Martin has outmasses close to everyone he has been standing with. (IMO everyone except for Joel Stubbs) And Martin also brings striations on his glutes and his back.
I think he is olympia material, just doubt he exceeds top 10.
The vascularity he has in that first pic is most likely capillaries reaching the subq skin surface...whenexposed to high temperatures. And it seems, that's the only characteristic that stands out with him. He's thick, but that's half the battle in bb. His muscle clarity and separation is fine, but nothing worthy of top 10.
just my opinion, no need for controversial bickering.