Arnold Classic Through the Years: A List of Every Winner

Every Arnold Classic Winner Men's Edition

The Arnold Classic was first held in 1989 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer acting as co-promoters of the show. At the time, Schwarzenegger was the all-time winning-est Mr. Olympia champion with a grand total of seven wins and he was undoubtedly the greatest bodybuilder at the time, and he is arguably still the best ever. His involvement in co-promoting the contest attracted top bodybuilders from around the globe to compete in the show and, over the years, firmly established the Arnold Classic as the second biggest annual competition, behind Mr. Olympia.

Since the inception of the contest, a total of 14 bodybuilders have captured the main Arnold Classic title. Among the winners are Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson and Flex Wheeler. The latter two bodybuilders currently co-hold the record for most wins with four victories each.

In 2011, as a result of the massive and unprecedented growth of the contest and its accompanying expo, Schwarzenegger and Lorimer expanded the Arnold Classic to the continent of Europe. The expansion was successful and, two years later in 2013, they expanded the contest to yet another continent, this time in South America. There is no doubt that this expansion will continue to other continents over the years thanks to the great success of the shows.

The following is a list of each of these champions from the Arnold Classic USA, Europe and Brazil competitions.

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Arnold Classic USA

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Arnold Classic bodybuilders in Columbus Ohio.

Paula R. Lively/CC BY 2.0/via Wikimedia Commons 

  • Arnold Classic USA I (1989, Columbus, Ohio): Rich Gaspari
  • Arnold Classic USA II (1990, Columbus, Ohio): Mike Ashley
  • Arnold Classic USA III (1991, Columbus, Ohio): Shawn Ray
  • Arnold Classic USA IV (1992, Columbus, Ohio): Vince Taylor
  • Arnold Classic USA V (1993, Columbus, Ohio): Flex Wheeler
  • Arnold Classic USA VI (1994, Columbus, Ohio): Kevin Levrone
  • Arnold Classic USA VII (1995, Columbus, Ohio): Mike Francois
  • Arnold Classic USA VIII (1996, Columbus, Ohio): Kevin Levrone
  • Arnold Classic USA IX (1997, Columbus, Ohio): Flex Wheeler
  • Arnold Classic USA X (1998, Columbus, Ohio): Flex Wheeler
  • Arnold Classic USA XI (1999, Columbus, Ohio): Nasser El Sonbaty
  • Arnold Classic USA XII (2000, Columbus, Ohio): Flex Wheeler
  • Arnold Classic USA XIII (2001, Columbus, Ohio): Ronnie Coleman
  • Arnold Classic USA XIV (2002, Columbus, Ohio): Jay Cutler
  • Arnold Classic USA XV (2003, Columbus, Ohio): Jay Cutler
  • Arnold Classic USA XVI (2004, Columbus, Ohio): Jay Cutler
  • Arnold Classic USA XVII (2005, Columbus, Ohio): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic USA XVIII (2006, Columbus, Ohio): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic USA XIX (2007, Columbus, Ohio): Victor Martinez
  • Arnold Classic USA XX (2008, Columbus, Ohio): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic USA XXI (2009, Columbus, Ohio): Kai Greene
  • Arnold Classic USA XXII (2010, Columbus, Ohio): Kai Greene
  • Arnold Classic USA XXIII (2011, Columbus, Ohio): Branch Warren
  • Arnold Classic USA XXIV (2012, Columbus, Ohio): Branch Warren
  • Arnold Classic USA XXV (2013, Columbus, Ohio): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic USA XXVI (2014, Columbus, Ohio): Dennis Wolf
  • Arnold Classic USA XXVII (2015, Columbus, Ohio): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic USA XXVIII (2016, Columbus, Ohio): Kai Greene
  • Arnold Classic USA XXIX (2017, Columbus, Ohio): Cedric McMillan
  • Arnold Classic USA XXIX (2018, Columbus, Ohio): William Bonac
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Arnold Classic Europe

  • Arnold Classic Europe I (2011, Madrid, Spain): Victor Martinez
  • Arnold Classic Europe II (2012, Madrid, Spain): Shawn Rhoden
  • Arnold Classic Europe III (2013, Madrid, Spain): Phil Heath
  • Arnold Classic Europe IV (2014, Madrid, Spain): Dennis Wolf
  • Arnold Classic Europe V (2015, Madrid, Spain): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic Europe VI (2016, Madrid, Spain): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic Europe VII (2017, Madrid, Spain): Mamdouh Elssbiay
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Arnold Classic Brazil

  • Arnold Classic Brazil I (2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Brandon Curry
  • Arnold Classic Brazil II (2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Steve Kuclo
  • Arnold Classic Brazil III (2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay
  • Arnold Classic Brazil IV (2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Kai Greene
  • Arnold Classic Brazil V (2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Lukas Osladil
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Arnold Classic Australia

  • Arnold Classic Australia I (2015, Melbourne, Australia): Dexter Jackson
  • Arnold Classic Australia II (2016, Melbourne, Australia): Kai Greene
  • Arnold Classic Australia II (2016, Melbourne, Australia): Brandon Curry