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..
True but there is no point in comparing smaller shows to the Olympia and new guys tend to place dead last (unless their name is Phil Heath :D). And with a structure such as Martins I just don't see him do any good at the O. Specially not when they (judges) seem to go away from the blocky mass monsters and more towards streamlined physiques.