How Lee Priest Defeated Ronnie Coleman – 8x Mr. Olympia

"He Was a Little Guy, I Was a Big Guy": Ronnie Coleman Admitted That His Most Distressing Lose Was Not Against Jay Cutler, but a 5'4 bodybuilder Lee Priest.

Who is Ronnie Coleman?

Ronnie Coleman

Ronald Dean Coleman, also known as Ronnie Coleman in the bodybuilding industry, was born on May 13, 1964. He is an American retired professional bodybuilder who won the Mr. Olympia title for eight consecutive years. Coleman is commonly regarded as either the best bodybuilder of all time or as one of the two best, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and as possessing the most dominant bodybuilding physique to ever grace the stage. He is known for his unique combination of size and conditioning, dominant body parts, and exceptionally hard workout and heavy weightlift, making him the strongest bodybuilder of all time. This true legend has won 26 International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation - IFBB professional titles. Coleman’s admirers see him as an inspiration because of his list of achievements and titles. However, the journey to success is never ridiculously easy. In the same way, the muscle man also faced several highs and lows in his pathway towards prosperity. He carried a back injury throughout his entire bodybuilding career.

Ronnie’s Physical Statistics

  • Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)
  • Contest weight: 287–300 pounds (130–136 kg)
  • Off-season weight: 315–330 pounds (143–150 kg)
  • Chest / Back: 60 in (152 cm)
  • Arms: 24 in (61 cm)
  • Legs: 36 in (91 cm)

Who is Lee Priest?

Lee Priest

Lee Andrew McCutcheon, also known as Lee Priest in the bodybuilding world, was born on July 8, 1972. He was an Australian bodybuilder who was very competitive, so his followers named him “The Blond Myth,”. Lee Priest is currently a professional athlete in the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association – NABBA and a former professional bodybuilder at the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation – IFBB. Back in 1997, it was very unexpected to see that Lee Priest defeated Ronnie Coleman at the Ironman Championship Show. After that event, Lee Priest gained popularity in sports. Even though he didn’t have an extraordinary body in his teenage, his sheer determination, consistency and charm made him Australia’s best Bodybuilder. Lee’s inspiration was Arnold Schwarzenegger, so he followed in his footsteps in his bodybuilding career. Lee Priest has become one of the most dominant Pro bodybuilders not only in Australia but worldwide. Lee is renowned for his exploits at a very young age, having been IFBB Pro by the age of 20 and just winning his first show at the age of 13.

Lee’s Physical Statistics

  • Lee Priest Height: 5 Feet and 4 Inches (162cm)
  • Lee Priest Weight: 120 to 125 KG
  • Lee Priest Arm Size: 22 Inches
  • Lee Priest Chest Size: 56 Inches
  • Lee Priest Waist Size: 30 Inches

Lee Priest vs Ronnie Coleman

Why have Lee’s Wins against Ronnie Coleman become legendary moments in the history of sports?

Lee Priest's win against Ronnie Coleman is a big question to the predictability of the sport. Ronnie Coleman, with eight Mr. Olympia winner titles, has had a great deal of big moments in his bodybuilding career. Despite that, when he was asked to think about the worst possible moment of his journey with sports, he replied honestly.  

In one of the YouTube Podcasts, he explained that this was the lowest moment of his career because he lost to someone shorter and smaller than him, in the form of Lee Priest. Prior to the start of his reign, he experienced a defeat to Australian bodybuilder Lee "The Blond Myth" Priest, 5'4. It was not always a career filled with triumphs and happy memories, as evidenced by the 1997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, which he competed in before winning his Olympia titles and finishing third in place. In the Ironman Championship Event, Lee Priest won the competition against Ronnie Coleman. The incident traces back to 1997, just a year before Coleman collected his first Mr. Olympia title.

Lee Priest defeated Ronnie Coleman not once nor twice, but five times.

Ronnie sadly demonstrated how much depressing it is to lose against a 5’4 guy. All the fans and followers of Ronnie were stunned each time Priest won. In fact, the whole bodybuilding community was in great shock to witness that moment of Ronnie’s loss.

So, what gave Lee Priest the edge?

Lee's victories have become legendary occasions that raise concerns about the sport's foreseeability. Some people claim that it is his superior conditioning, whereas others argue that it is his muscle symmetry that caught the judge’s attention during the contests. But a majority of his fans believe that it’s his commitment, consistency and hard work that paid off. Coleman versus Priest competition remains one of the most captivating rivalries in the history of bodybuilding.

Ronnie Coleman Competition History

Ronnie constantly won the competition from 2000 to 2005, acquiring 1st position in each contest. Below is the list of his bodybuilding career’s downfall.

  • 2000 Mr. Brody Langley – 1st
  • 2000 Grand Prix England – 1st
  • 2000 World Pro Championships – 1st
  • 2000 Mr. Olympia– 1st
  • 2001 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic – 1st
  • 2001 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2001 New Zealand Grand Prix – 1st
  • 2002 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2002 Grand Prix Holland – 1st
  • 2003 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2003 Grand Prix Russia – 1st
  • 2004 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2004 Grand Prix England – 1st
  • 2004 Grand Prix Holland – 1st
  • 2004 Grand Prix Russia – 1st
  • 2005 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2006 Grand Prix Austria – IFBB, 2nd
  • 2006 Grand Prix Holland – IFBB, 2nd
  • 2006 Grand Prix Romania – IFBB, 2nd
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 4th

Lee Priest’s Competition History

  • 2000     IFBB Night of Champions - 5th
  • 2000     IFBB Mr. Olympia - 6th
  • 2001     IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 7th
  • 2002     IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 2nd
  • 2002     IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - 4th
  • 2002     IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational - 1st
  • 2002     IFBB Mr. Olympia - 6th
  • 2003     IFBB Mr. Olympia - 15th
  • 2004     IFBB Ironman Pro - 2nd
  • 2004     IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational - 2nd
  • 2005     IFBB Grand Prix Australia - 1st
  • 2005     IFBB Arnold Classic - 4th
  • 2005     IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational - 2nd
  • 2005     IFBB BBC Classic - 1st
  • 2006     IFBB Ironman Pro - 1st
  • 2006     IFBB Arnold Classic - 6th
  • 2006     IFBB Grand Prix Australia - 2nd
  • 2006     NOC New York - 1st
  • 2006     PDI Night of Champions - 1st
  • 2013     NABBA Mr. Universe - 1st

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