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#BBGOAT: Serge Nubret vs. Dorian Yates

The #BBGOAT (BodyBuilding Greatest of All Time) is MAXS.COM.AU’s knockout competition to determine who the fans think is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We started with our top 16 of the Greatest Bodybuilders of all time and now we’re asking YOU to do the hard work – that is, narrow it down to one. Set up in much the same way as a tennis tournament, each week you’ll see head-to-head match-ups, with the winner of those progressing to the next round to square off with their next challenger. From 16, we’ll go to 8, to 4, and ultimately our final. So cast your VOTE and decide just who is the greatest bodybuilder in history!

We’re talking Coleman vs. Columbo; Phil vs. Flex, Arnie vs. Jay – It’s time for the fans to have their say! You’ll be able to cast your vote below.

Round 1 continues with Serge Nubret vs. Dorian Yates.


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Serge Nubret

  • Nickname: The Black Panther
  • Born: October 6, 1938
  • Height: 6’0″ (183cm)
  • Weight 218lb (99kg)
  • Pro Debut: 1960
  • Predecessor: n/a
  • Successor: n/a

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 18 | 1st Places: 6 | 2nd Places: 7 | 3rd Places: 3 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 0.

Serge Nubret is best known for his role in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron where he competed as a last-minute entry against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the title of Mr. Olympia in 1975. While he looked fantastic, Serge finished second to Schwarzenegger in the Tall Man category, while edging out Lou Ferrigno who finished third.

Nubret started to talk about his intention to become a world champion after only 2 years of training. But living up to his words, in 1960 he joined the IFBB, and was declared the World’s Most Muscular Man in Montreal. From this day forward he went from strength to strength, winning the most prestigious titles including NABBA Mr. Universe in 1976 (London), WBBG Pro. Mr. World and Mr. Olympus in 1977 (New York) and another World champion title in 1981 (Geneva). In 1983, 23 years after his first world class achievement, further demonstrating his lifetime dedication, he became the WABBA World Champion in Rome, winning his fifth major title. In 2003, at the age of 65 years old, Serge Nubret offered a stunning last show to his public during the World championships in France.

In addition to being recognized by experts, peers and fans as an all-time great of bodybuilding, Serge Nubret has also dedicated himself to development and promotion of Bodybuilding. He became the head of the France and Europe IFBB bodybuilding federation from 1970 to 1975. He is also the founder of the WABBA since 1976 with one objective in mind: ensuring that affiliated athletes receive the best support via representing organisations.

Dorian Yates

  • Nickname: The Shadow
  • Born: 19 April 1962
  • Height: 5’10” (178cm)
  • Weight 282lb (128kg) (Contest), 309lb (140kg) (Off-Season)
  • Pro Debut: 1990 Night of Champions
  • Best Win: IFBB Mr. Olympia 1992–1997
  • Predecessor: Lee Haney
  • Successor: Ronnie Coleman

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 20 | 1st Places: 17 | 2nd Places: 2 | 3rd Places: 0 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 6.

Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates was born April 19, 1962 in England. Dorian was raised in Hurley, in rural Staffordshire. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city. During these times, Dorian got himself into trouble, and was sentenced to six months at Whatton Youth Detention Centre.

It was here that Dorian earned an instant reputation as the strongest and fittest of Whatton’s 300 inmates. Whatton was the wake up call that gave Dorian a new respect for himself. If he did not do something, he would end up in and out of prison all of his life. Dorian resolved that he would not be back. And with this new lease on life he took to the bodybuilding world by storm.

After turning pro in 1990 he had 15 major wins and two 2nd place finishes. Among these 15 wins were six Mr Olympia titles. Yates’ career ended in large part due to chronic and acute injuries, including torn biceps and triceps, the latter just three weeks prior to his final contest, the 1997 Mr. Olympia contest, which he won in spite of the injury.

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