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« on: May 11, 2007, 12:24:26 PM »

Along with Labrada IMO, the best ever shorter man, if not one of the greatest ever.

One wonders what could have happened had he been allowed to compete and not been "benched" at 75 Universe. Maybe a Sandow? Was robbed in 81 for sure.



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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2007, 12:31:12 PM »

best short man ever is really a coin toss between Labrada, Padilla, Priest and Momo.  When Momo was totally on he was just really, really impressive but he came into some shows looking less than stellar so he might get marked down for that.  Priest has been around for along time and looks great.  Danny is just incredible for the most part and Labrada is totally underrated, he should have won the O in 89 and 90.


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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007, 12:49:24 PM »

Priest and Momo are/were Sad 2 true genetic freaks. Labrada was def robbed in 89 in Italy, and the following year, (think it was in Chicago) Haney was off (drug tests that year), and Labrada albeit not at his best, was really close. Priest has been robbed so any times, its a disgrace.
Padilla made damage I think it was 89 or 90, where he beat a lot of younger guys at Niagara pro during his brief comeback finishing second to then new pro Eddie Robinson, beating Dearth, Beckles, Sonny Schmidt, Thorne, and another short-guy, Brisbois.
Woulda been great to have seen him at Masters O, I think 2001, but Weider/IFBB b.s. reigned supreme again. I think he would have taken it. This guy had real amazing genes, blessed with tremendous shape.

Benaziza was a real sad loss, he was one of the 1st true freaks, although a bit of a gut was already starting to sprout up, I think he had reached his limit size-wise, and conditioning wasnt his forte, which eventually, unfortunately led to his early demise. He did beat Yates at NOC, didnt he?



And Padilla finished 3rd at that NOC!




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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 08:07:33 AM »



How can we leave out Flavio Baccianini, all 4'11" of him.

Genetic freak though, he only trained 6 months of a year, otherwise he didnt even go near a gym. Now thats taking the term off-season literally...



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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2007, 10:39:31 AM »

best short man ever is really a coin toss between Labrada, Padilla, Priest and Momo. 

No. Padilla by far, virtually perfect balance, excellent size, shape and aesthetics. Priest has an odd torso, muscle shape not quite as aesthetic, and arguably too much size for that height. Momo closer to Padilla's perfection, but not quite the shape or balance.

Padilla ever losing to Columbu's always the perfect evidence & example that some of the shows are fixed.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2007, 10:50:48 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2007, 11:03:59 AM »

Not sure if he is under 5'5" but Pavol is awesome


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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2007, 12:07:13 PM »

Lee Priest, the best of the modern era, Lee Labrada best of the nineties, Padilla best of the 80's & Franco best of the seventies.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2007, 01:21:35 PM »

Benaziza by a country mile.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2007, 02:19:25 PM »

Benaziza by a country mile.

Great but you can see Padilla here owning Yates and Benny.


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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2007, 03:54:08 AM »

Great but you can see Padilla here owning Yates and Benny.

One of the many times Padilla got robbed. Momo 2nd, Yates 3rd there.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2007, 04:01:26 PM »

Padilla, Preist, Momo... Are all great...


but man...I keep forgetting about Brisbois.  He was pretty good too.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2007, 07:39:23 PM »

Padilla, easily. And he was 5' 2".

Benaziza had a HUGE GH gut. Watch the Olympia videos.

Second I'd say was Labrada but only from '89 and earlier. After that, he started to lose his tiny waist and his calves got worse with no real improvements. Go back and watch Labrada from the Grand Prix contests in 88/89 - he was AMAZING!

1986, but looking amazing!
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2007, 07:39:24 PM »

Danny, Lee P. , Lee L
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2007, 08:55:52 AM »

Belknap & Makkawy were also good
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2007, 12:35:21 AM »

Padilla, easily. And he was 5' 2".

Benaziza had a HUGE GH gut. Watch the Olympia videos.

Second I'd say was Labrada but only from '89 and earlier. After that, he started to lose his tiny waist and his calves got worse with no real improvements. Go back and watch Labrada from the Grand Prix contests in 88/89 - he was AMAZING!

1986, but looking amazing!


Basically the 'stached' version was better. When he shaved it, it was all downhill...

But seriously, in his day, Labrada should have taken 1 Sandow home.
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2008, 06:25:41 AM »

Forgot Brisbois... Embarrassed



A really fair comparison with Ralf moeller...







Had a good career, lots of top 6's, but, at 5'2" was never gonna be Mr O.

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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2008, 08:40:55 AM »

No. Padilla by far, virtually perfect balance, excellent size, shape and aesthetics. Priest has an odd torso, muscle shape not quite as aesthetic, and arguably too much size for that height. Momo closer to Padilla's perfection, but not quite the shape or balance.

Padilla ever losing to Columbu's always the perfect evidence & example that some of the shows are fixed.

I agree 100%, Danny Padilla had the whole package-shape, size and the best conditioning of his day.

Lee Priest has more size, but no where near the shape Padilla had.

The pics posted here of Padilla, the gym vacuum shot, the 81 O shot, they are really unmatched.

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« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2008, 02:45:40 PM »

columbu  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2008, 05:47:04 PM »

So no mention of John the Tank Sherman, who pushed Flex in the 1992 USA's for the pro card, it was almost a toss up. He was like a short Brian Buchanan...won the Niagara Falls Classic, and was said that his quads could go toe to toe with none other than Mike Francois 
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2008, 01:16:32 AM »

I think its because he's 5'5", but really held his own against anybody, massive guy.

Always placed on the top tier in early 90's, turned pro 92, I think? But didn't get his dues. 
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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2008, 01:18:35 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2008, 01:25:42 AM »

Speaking of Sherman, reminded me of this guy








When you talk arms and abs, you gotta mention Pastel.
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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2008, 06:20:22 AM »

Speaking of Sherman, reminded me of this guy








When you talk arms and abs, you gotta mention Pastel.

Yep, I was looking at a old 1992 Flex magazine last night and they had a calf training artilce of his, and I meant to mention him along with J. Sherman.....with Thierry being 5'2.

How tall was Brisbois?
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2008, 06:33:11 AM »

I think Brisbois was 5'2", he is definitely shorter than Padilla, I remember watching the Niagara pro show that Eddie Robinson won, and side-by-side, Padilla was taller. Actually, Robinson wasn't much taller neither...  with real 20" arms!
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